How do I know if my air conditioner is running properly this summer?

Cooling

The summer heat means your air conditioner is putting in a lot of work. The best way to stay cool this summer is to stay on-top of your unit’s upkeep so you can be sure everything is operating correctly. There are a few tips for you to ensure your air conditioner is working properly during the warmer months.

Keep the Area Around Unit Clear of Brush and Debris

Summer is the most popular to mow your lawn, making it possible for grass clippings and other debris to gather outside of your air conditioner. This can cause a decline in system capacity and reduced airflow, resulting in your air conditioner working harder and ultimately wearing down sooner. Be sure to consistently clean up any debris around your unit so your air conditioner can last as long as possible.

Change or Clean the Air Filter

Habitually replacing or cleaning the air filters in your air conditioner will help its efficiency. For any questions about which filter to buy or how often you should change it, review the filter itself or feel free to contact the team at WM J Kraus & Son so we can recommend one based on your specific system. For certain filter sizes, we can check and replace them at your regular maintenance visit. It’s important to know that if your air conditioner is in constant use, it’s subject to dusty environments, or you have pets, that your filter could need to be cleaned or changed more frequently.

Coil Care

Your air conditioner’s coils accumulate dirt over time which will lower airflow and insulates the coil making it challenging to absorb heat. The outdoor coils can become dirty if the environment is dusty or if there is nearby foliage. Coils can also bend, obstructing airflow through the coil. Our experts can check the coils at your annual maintenance visit to clean or straighten coils as appropriate.

Keep Up with Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

It is vital to keep up with your routine air conditioner maintenance. The technicians at WM J Kraus & Son can look at your air conditioner to ensure everything is working correctly, keep coils and filters clean, and much more. Annual maintenance check-ups will help prevent major breakdowns and keep your air conditioner operating as long as possible. Stay cool in the summer heat by arranging your annual maintenance appointment so you can be confident that your air conditioner is working properly. Contact us at 319-524-3714 to schedule your maintenance visit today.

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