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Stay Cool: Vital Steps to Get Your AC Unit Ready for Summer

As summer approaches, temperatures start to climb, making it crucial to ensure your air conditioning unit is in tip-top shape. At Horne Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., serving the Charlotte, NC area, we understand the importance of a well-maintained air conditioner. It not only provides relief from the heat but operates more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Here are some steps to prepare for the summer months to help give you that feeling of “AHHHH!”

1. Start with a Clean Slate

Begin your maintenance by cleaning or replacing the air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and can circulate dust and allergens in your home. It’s recommended to check your filters every month, especially during high usage periods like summer. If they’re dirty, change them; otherwise, a general rule of thumb is to replace them every 90 days.

2. Clear the Surroundings

Ensure the area around your outdoor AC unit is clear of debris, leaves, and overgrown vegetation. This clearance helps the air circulate efficiently around all components. Keep at least a 2-foot clearance around the unit to ensure optimal performance and easy access for maintenance.

3. Check the Thermostat

This is a good time to check if your thermostat is working correctly. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat if you haven’t already. A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature from your phone and can save energy by adjusting the settings when you are away from home or asleep.

4. Inspect the Condensate Drain Line

The condensate drain line can become clogged with algae and mold. This not only affects humidity levels inside your home but can also lead to water damage or a malfunctioning system. Check the line by pouring a cup of chlorine bleach mixed with water down the drain to kill any buildup. This helps keep it clear for the summer.

5. Examine Electrical Components

Inspect all electrical connections to ensure they are tight and secure. Check for signs of wear or damage on wires and connections. If you’re not comfortable performing this task, it’s a good idea to contact Horne Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Loose connections can lead to a malfunctioning system or a dangerous electrical fire.

6. Test the Unit Early

Don’t wait for the first hot day to discover your AC isn’t working. Test your system by turning it on early in the season to check how it performs. Listen for unusual noises and monitor how quickly it cools your home. If something seems off, it might be time to call us.

7. Schedule Professional Maintenance

Even if everything seems fine, it’s wise to have your HVAC system checked bi-annually by Horne Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.  Our technicians can perform tune-ups like checking the refrigerant levels, testing the evaporator coil, and ensuring the system is running efficiently. This can extend the life of your unit and help prevent costly repairs in the future. Regular maintenance not only improves energy efficiency but also enhances system reliability, ensuring worry-free comfort year-round.

8. Consider System Upgrades or Replacement

If your air conditioning unit is older than 10 years, it might be time to consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. Newer models are more efficient and environmentally friendly. While the upfront cost might be higher, the long-term savings on energy bills and the peace of mind of having a reliable cooling system during the hottest months can be well worth the investment.

Getting your AC unit ready for summer doesn’t just improve comfort; it ensures your system is efficient and reliable. Take these steps early, and you can rest easy knowing that you’ll stay cool all summer long.

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