Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring in progress and summer imminent, it’s time to prepare all aspects of our lives for the warmer weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay cool this season in Portland Metro. The greatest way to make sure that you will have a cozy summer is by switching on your system now, before it gets too warm and you discover that you need air conditioner repairs. Here are a few pieces of advice to guarantee that your system, and your house, is prepared for the heat: Try it out now! It really is better to give your system a test run ASAP. You don’t want your air conditioner to fail on the warmest day of the year and make your home uncomfortable. Instead, positioning your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be an excellent check that can save you a lot of future issues. Ensure that cool air is moving into your home, and if it’s not, here are a handful of things to inspect before calling the experts at Central Air Inc: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made frequently, but if you haven’t changed your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple problem, easy solution! Check the unit outside. Reassess to see if there are any blockages around your system, such as items or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. Per usual, this step is crucial to enhancing the functionality of your air conditioning system. With clean and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will establish an easier environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve worked things out – your system is programmed to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are issues. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyhow, so now is the perfect time to check up on every aspect of your system before the heat hits. The experts at Central Air Inc will not only solve the current difficulty at hand, but they will also tackle any small likely issues that could turn into bigger difficulties later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling without difficulty, your system might be missing refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you noted that ice was accumulating when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an signal that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our experts can take care of any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone relies on their air conditioner to get them through the summer and it can be easy to ignore how crucial your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t worry about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be preemptive about assessing and servicing your system before the heat wave hits. If you have any questions about your system or want to schedule that annual air conditioner service, call our professionals at 503-656-1908 or make an appointment with us online.