Summer is just around the corner. You know what that means… triple digits! But at least it’s a “dry heat”, right? Now is the time to prepare your homes air conditioning system before it fails on you during a 112 degree Arizona summers day. In prepping your AC system, you will save on energy costs, reduce unexpected failures, and enjoy the summer in a cool and enjoyable home.

How can you prepare your AC system for summer?

✅ Regularly Replace Filter(s)

✅ Schedule Annual Maintenance

✅ Clean Outdoor Unit & Area

✅ Seal Leaky Ducts

Regularly Replace Filter(s)

When an air filter is clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, the airflow gets blocked causing the system to work harder and longer trying to satisfy your desired temperature. Forcing the system to work harder and longer can result in issues like:

  1. Increased Electric Bills: The system working longer to cool the home, will be reflected on your APS or SRP bill. The more the energy being used, the higher the electric bill.
  2. Frozen Unit: A clogged and dirty filter can block an essential source of air from meeting the line. When this occurs, the lines get extremely cold causing them to freeze. Frozen lines cause your system to stop working or leak water from the ice melting.
  3. Reduced Comfort: Clogged filters reduce the airflow causing you discomfort during the hot summer days.

Avoid these issues by replacing your filter(s) every 30 days or sooner, depending on your environment. If you’re forgetful, set a reminder on your phone. Replacing your filter is the simplest and most important in maintaining your air conditioning system.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

Find a trusted HVAC contractor in your area to perform an annual maintenance on the air conditioning system. During the tune-up, the technician will inspect the components of the AC system to ensure they’re operating and operating properly. If the technician finds any concerns, they will document and go over options with you for repair or replacement.

Benefits of annual AC maintenance:

✅ Reduced electric bills

✅ Satisfied and comfortable indoor temperature

✅ Reduced opportunity for system failure

Clean Outdoor Unit & Area

Let’s start with a little bit of system operations knowledge… The indoor equipment of your AC system absorbs hot air from the home while the outdoor unit releases the heat outside. Yet, the heat cannot be released if the heatpump or air conditioner unit outside is excessively dirty or blocked. If this occurs, the system will need to work harder and longer eventually leading it to overheat. It is highly advised to clean the outdoor unit and the area around it prior to summer starting.

Take these steps:

  1. Clean-up: Remove sticks, leaves, and debris from the coil fins.
  2. Yardwork: Trim or remove any plants, trees, or weeds within 3 feet of the outdoor unit to allow the unit to breathe.
  3. Rise: With a hose, gently rinse the coils. Do not use too much pressure as this can damage the coils.

Seal Leaky Ducts

Your duct system is responsible for carrying air throughout the home in various rooms and spaces. It is possible to lose a good chunk of that cool air if you have leaks, holes, or loose connections within the duct system. Maybe you didn’t notice it during the fall and winter months but in the summer time on a 112 degree day, the difference isn’t hard to miss.

Sealing the ducts, will leave you with more of that cool air being dispersed properly throughout your home. This will alleviate any spots in the home that tend to get cooler and warmer. Getting the ducts sealed improves efficiency which will also reflect on your electric bill.

Hire a trusted HVAC contractor is your area to seal the ducts before summer kicks in. Doing so will ensure you and your homes air conditioning system is ready for Arizona’s brutal summer temperatures.

Looking for a trusted HVAC contractor?

For residents and business owners in the Peoria, Arizona area, Pro Solutions Air is your go-to HVAC contractor you can trust. Our experienced, trained, and knowledgeable technicians are ready to get your air conditioning system prepared for this summer! If you need reliable AC services, call the pros at Pro Solutions Air.

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