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Spring Has Sprung: 5 Steps to Prepare Your Cooling System for Warmer Weather


Spring is just around the corner, and that means temperatures could begin to climb at any time. While you may not need to use your cooling system for a while yet, it’s important to ensure that your air conditioner is ready to go when you need it.

In this blog, we list five springtime steps that you can take to prepare your cooling system for the changing weather.

1. Change Thermostat Settings

Your thermostat has likely been switched to “heat” for the past several months. Before you actually need your cooling system, check that the thermostat is working properly. To perform this test, switch the setting to “cool.”

Pay attention to how quickly the system turns on and to anything out of the ordinary that you notice, such as unusual smells or sounds. These signs can indicate the need for a system cleaning or repair. If the system does not turn on at all, try adjusting the temperature settings. If the unit still won’t start, schedule a repair as soon as possible.

2. Clean Condensate Drain Line

Your condensate drain line is one of the HVAC components that’s most affected by seasonal changes. The drain line ensures that water flows correctly through your unit during use. If you didn’t get around to cleaning the line over the course of the winter, prioritize performing this essential task before you turn on the unit for the season.

We outline the basics of condensate drain-line cleaning in our previous blog, “How to Clean Out the Condensate Drain Line on Your Central Air Conditioning System.”

3. Inspect Outdoor Unit

While you should leave any detailed unit inspection for the HVAC technician who performs your seasonal maintenance, which we’ll discuss in section five, you can perform a cursory inspection. Visually assess your unit. Is there any debris that could affect its function? Do any components look out of place? Has any portion of the unit become corroded over the course of the winter?

Take note of anything abnormal that you notice so that your HVAC technician can look into it. If you can safely and confidently do so, clear away any debris that’s built up around the unit.

4. Replace Filter

When you turn on your cooling system at the start of the summer, you’ll want the air circulating through your home to go through a clean filter. Check your air filter’s condition. If you notice some dust has settled, you may be able to brush or vacuum this debris away to clean the filter.

If the filter is discolored, damaged, or heavily obstructed, replace it entirely to ensure that your indoor air is pure and clean when the cooling system is switched on. If you aren’t sure how to access your air filter, this replacement is a simple task that your HVAC technician can do for you during a routine maintenance visit.

5. Schedule Maintenance Visit

Your HVAC system needs an inspection at least once each year, either in the spring or the fall. Springtime inspections are recommended if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation that may affect the condition of your outdoor unit.

Schedule a cooling-system maintenance visit early in the year to beat the seasonal rush. Your HVAC technician will perform a thorough inspection of your unit and perform any necessary repairs. If you’ve already completed the other steps on this list, let your technician know.

Use these guidelines and any recommendations from your trusted HVAC technician to ensure that your cooling system is in good condition when the weather takes a turn for the warmer this year.

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