Summer is a season that many look forward to, particularly in colder areas like New England. It represents a time for fun outdoor sports, warm pleasant climates, and day trips to walking trails and the beach. With that being said, it is important to have a place of refuge away from the heat, leading to the crucial need for a functioning AC unit that can keep your home cool. Without this, there is a higher risk for heat stroke, dehydration, electrical malfunction, mold and algae growth, and other issues that can lead to discomfort and damage to your home. To help prevent this, it is vital that you make sure to check your AC to ensure that it is ready for the summertime.
Change Your Air Filter
A dirty air filter is usually the number one cause for most issues with AC’s, as it restricts airflow, reduces efficiency and overall impedes the AC’s ability to properly manage airflow. Therefore, it is important to check it regularly, and replace it when needed.
Check The Surrounding Area
Make sure that the surrounding area of the filter isn’t blocked by anything. Dust can often seep in and clog/dirty the air filter. Beyond that, it can also be a fire hazard to have flammable materials around the vent. Therefore, we recommend clearing and cleaning out the area around the air filter of your unit.
Inspect the Wiring
Summertime only lasts a couple of months in New England, meaning you won’t be using the air conditioning for long. This can lead to your air conditioner being more likely to break down, as long periods of disuse can help quicken how long it takes for the device to fall into disrepair. Therefore, it is advisable to hire an electrician to take a look at your AC unit’s wiring once every other year or so to gauge its condition.