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Preparing Your Air Conditioner for a Heatwave

July 9, 2024 | Blog

As summer heats up in BirminghamHueytown, Helena, BessemerPelham, and the surrounding areas, it’s essential to ensure your air conditioner is ready to handle the extreme temperatures. A well-prepared A/C system can keep your home cool and comfortable during a heatwave. Brown Cooling, Heating, Plumbers, and Electrical offers these tips to prepare your air conditioner for the intense summer heat.

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for a Heatwave

1. Schedule a Professional Maintenance Check

Regular maintenance is crucial for the efficiency and longevity of your air conditioning system. Schedule a professional tune-up with Brown Cooling, Heating, Plumbers, and Electrical to ensure your A/C unit is in top condition.

Expert Tip: During the maintenance check, our technicians will inspect, clean, and tune up your system to ensure it runs efficiently during the heatwave.

2. Clean or Replace Air Filters

Dirty or clogged air filters can restrict airflow, causing your system to work harder and less efficiently. Clean or replace your air filters every 1-3 months, especially before a heatwave.

Expert Tip: A clean filter can improve airflow, enhance indoor air quality, and help your system cool your home more effectively.

3. Check and Clean the Condenser Coils

The condenser coils in your outdoor unit can accumulate dirt and debris, reducing their ability to release heat. Clean the coils to ensure they function efficiently.

Expert Tip: Turn off the power to your unit before cleaning the coils. Use a garden hose to gently wash away dirt and debris, taking care not to damage the fins.

4. Ensure Proper Airflow Around the Outdoor Unit

Make sure there is adequate clearance around your outdoor unit. Remove any debris, grass, or plants that might obstruct airflow and cause your system to overheat.

Expert Tip: Maintain at least two feet of clearance around the unit and keep the area clean and free of obstructions.

5. Inspect and Seal Ductwork

Leaky or poorly insulated ducts can reduce the efficiency of your cooling system. Inspect your ductwork for leaks and ensure it is properly sealed and insulated.

Expert Tip: Use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal any leaks and consider adding insulation to ducts in unconditioned spaces to improve efficiency.

6. Check the Thermostat Settings

Ensure your thermostat is set to the desired temperature and functioning correctly. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat for better control and energy savings.

Expert Tip: Set your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re not home and lower it when you return to save energy and reduce strain on your system.

7. Inspect and Clean the Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils inside your unit can also collect dirt, which reduces their efficiency. Clean the coils to ensure they can absorb heat effectively.

Expert Tip: Regular maintenance by a professional includes cleaning the evaporator coils, which helps maintain efficient cooling performance.

8. Test the System Before the Heatwave

Run your air conditioner for a few hours before the heatwave hits to ensure it is cooling your home effectively. Listen for unusual noises and check for any issues.

Expert Tip: Testing your system in advance allows you to address any problems before the temperatures soar.

9. Clear Drain Lines

Clogged drain lines can cause water damage and reduce the efficiency of your cooling system. Ensure the condensate drain lines are clear and flowing properly.

Expert Tip: Use a mixture of vinegar and water to flush the drain lines and prevent clogs.

10. Use Ceiling Fans to Assist Cooling

Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, making it feel cooler without overworking your A/C system.

Expert Tip: Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise in the summer to create a cooling breeze.

By following these tips, you can ensure your air conditioner is well-prepared to handle a heatwave, keeping your home cool and comfortable. For professional HVAC services and advice, contact Brown Cooling, Heating, Plumbers, and Electrical at (205) 418-8486 or click here to schedule an inspection or consultation.

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