How to Get Your Air Conditioning System Ready for Summer

March 16, 2018

As nature springs to life, so do many homeowners, taking care of everything they didn’t get to before the weather turned cold. Before long, spring temperatures will give way to Tennessee’s summer heat and you want to make sure your home is ready.

One of the worst feelings for a homeowner is turning on the AC during the first heat wave of the year only to feel hot air blowing from the vents. Regular maintenance is the best way to make sure your AC unit doesn’t let you down when you need it most.

Here are five things you can do this spring to keep your unit operating at its best.

1. Clear debris — leaves, sticks, etc. — and trim plants

Winter and spring storms can toss debris around your yard. Clean up any sticks or branches that may have fallen around your outdoor unit. Once that’s done, trim back any trees or plants that are encroaching on the space around your unit.

2. Schedule an AC inspection

Contact a trusted HVAC professional to complete an annual inspection and tune-up on your unit before you turn it on for the season. A good tune-up will include cleaning the condenser and coils, testing wiring and capacitors, and checking both interior and exterior units. Lee Company technicians complete a 22+ point inspection on every visit, detailing all maintenance they perform.

Pro tip: For extra peace of mind, schedule next year’s inspection when your technician is still on site. As a Home Maintenance Plan Member, Lee Company will even send a postcard reminder with your scheduled date and time.

3. Clean or replace filters

Your heating and air conditioning systems both use the same air filters. Spring is a great time to replace your HVAC filters, especially if you neglected to check on it over the winter. We recommend checking your filters once a month and changing every three months to keep your units running efficiently.

4. Check interior vents and ducts

Check all of your air vents to make sure they’re open; closed vents will reduce airflow and make your system work harder than necessary. Make sure there is nothing blocking any vents — curtains, furniture, etc. If you suspect your ducts may have leaks, contact your HVAC company to perform a leakage test in your home.

5. Program your cool settings for the season

Your HVAC professional should test your unit with you after they complete a tune-up. Once you know things are ready, check your programmable thermostat to ensure the schedule and temperatures are set correctly for warmer weather. That way, when things get hot you’re already set and won’t waste money. Don’t have a programmable thermostat yet? Give Lee Company a call. We can help with that.

Keeping your AC unit in working shape requires a little extra planning every summer but it’s worth the effort. To save even more time and money, Lee Company’s Home Maintenance Plan helps keep all of your home’s critical systems — heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical — in tip-top shape. As a member, you’ll receive an air conditioning tune-up and 22+ point inspection every year. Learn how you can become a member starting at $99 a year*.

*Home maintenance Plan is $99 per year, with $99/year for each additional HVAC system.

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