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Summer Air Conditioning – Are You Ready?

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Summer air conditioning season has already arrived for many Americans. If you’re one of those lucky enough to still be enjoying mild weather, don’t worry. You’ll soon be sweating your butt off just like the rest of us.

With that in mind, is your air conditioner ready for high summer temperatures?

Summer Air Conditioning – What You Need to Know!

First, if you don’t have an air conditioner, now is the time to buy one. Don’t wait until you’re miserable. Get one today, and get it installed before you have to suffer. We, of course, recommend the MRCOOL DIY, but, then again, we’re horribly biased.

Let’s suppose thought that you already have an air conditioner. Is your air conditioner ready for summer? Are you confident it’s going to work when you turn it on? If it doesn’t, do you have a plan?

You’ll be a lot less sweaty answering these questions now.

Clean Your Condenser

The air conditioner condenser is the noisy part of the system that sits outside your house. It connects to air ducts and the air handling system. It also is exposed to a lot of wind, rain, and debris like grass clippings, insects, sticks, etc. All that dust and debris can get stuck in the condenser vents. Which is a bad thing. Just like you don’t want gunk clogging up your lungs, you don’t want gunk clogging up your condenser.

Clean out your condenser before your start the unit up this year. You can buy condenser cleaning sprays if you want. However, simply spraying the condenser from the inside out with a water hose, then letting it dry will make a big difference.

Annual Check Up

Are you a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning professional? No? You might want to think about hiring one to come out and give your air conditioner a quick pre-summer maintenance check then. A regular maintenance inspection is a good way to spot small problems that might develop into big problems if left unfixed. Yes, inspections are not free, but they can save you a lot of money down the road.

They can also save you a lot of sweat and tears. If your unit goes out at the height of summer heat, you will probably have to suffer a couple of hot days before a technician can get out to you. A pre-summer checkup goes a long way toward preventing that.

Check Your Filters

Summer air conditioning isn’t just about the outside condenser. You also need to make sure everything is going good on the inside, and by that I mean your air filters. When was the last time you checked them? When was the last time you changed them? If you don’t know that answer to either question, you need to do, at minimum, the first one today. A dirty air filter reduces energy efficiency and makes your whole system work a lot harder than it should. This costs you money while it heightens your risk of catastrophic mechanical failure.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Reliable summer air conditioning is the best way to make it through the hottest season of the year without a lot of sweat and hassle. Follow our simple steps, and you’ll go a long way towards ensuring your comfort until the season starts to turn. Of course, if you need a new air conditioner, you know where to find one.

I’m talking about us; buy a MrCool!

Air Conditioner Failure & 3 Ways to Prevent It

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Nothing can ruin an entire week like unexpected air conditioner failure. Everything was going great, then, suddenly, the A/C stops working and the whole family gets crabby. It’s hard to be happy about life when you’re sweating yourself to sleep every night. Plus, who wants to pay a costly repair bill? Ugh.

Air Conditioner Failure – Stop It Before It Starts

Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your system running smoothly for years to come.

Check Air Filters Monthly

The single most important thing you can do to keep your air conditioner functional is to check and clean your air filters. Those filters are not designed for you. Yes, they do clean interior air. Yes, that can be good for your health. Again, no, they were not designed with you, presumably a human, in mind.

Air conditioner air filters are designed to keep dust, dirt, and debris away from the sensitive interior components like the evaporator coil. Dirty coils corrode faster, reduce operating efficiency, and make the unit work harder to keep your home comfortable. Those factors can all build up to a colossal mechanical failure.

You, obviously, want to prevent that. Check your filters once per month, minimum. Check it even more if you have a lot of pets or a large family. If the filter is so dirty that you can’t see through it, you need to clean or replace it. Making this simple step a regular habit will keep your unit running efficiently while it helps you avoid a big air conditioner failure down the road.

Pre- & Post-Season Cleaning

Imagine that you leave your car sitting outside for six months. One day you decide you need to drive it somewhere. Are you going to just jump behind the driver’s wheel, start it up, and expect everything to go smoothly? Or are you going to check the car to make sure the tires haven’t gone flat and that a family of badgers hasn’t taken up residence in the trunk?

I really hope you’d at least give the thing a quick glance before you expect it to run.

Your air conditioner is like that car. It sits unused all winter. Bad weather can deposit leaves, sticks, and debris inside the cabinet and clogging the coils. Before you turn the unit on to keep you cool during the summer, you should give your air conditioner a quick clean up. We go into detail about how to do that elsewhere. Rest assured that the cleaning process is not very complicated.

You also want to make sure you clean the unit before you let it sit all winter long. Summer thunderstorms and high wind can dirty up the condenser in the same way bad winter weather can. Plus, a little weatherization will make things easier come springtime.

So, why bother with all this cleaning? Keeping the exterior condenser free of contaminants will keep it running more efficiently and prevent premature air conditioner failure. This step is not less important than periodic filter inspection, but you only have to do it twice a year.

Annual Maintenance

You’re a heating and air expert, right? You’d be able to spot all the small signs that point to a big air conditioner failure coming, right? No?

Well, it sounds like you need to schedule regular, annual maintenance for your unit. Many local HVAC contractors will perform this service for a reasonable fee. They come out to your house, inspect the unit, and make sure everything looks good for the upcoming cooling season. These are the experts that can spot a problem before it grows out of control, and you only need them to do it once per year.

See, I Told You It Was Easy

And that’s pretty much it. Check your filters regularly, keep the condenser clean, and schedule a maintenance inspection once per year. If you do those three simple things, you will ensure a much longer and failure-free air conditioner life.