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Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

April 13, 2017

Summer is here! Many of us are ready for warmer weather and some calm summer days. To boost your comfort and really relax, ensure your air conditioner is ready for the heat. One of the keys to a great summer in Portland is a trustworthy, efficient air conditioner. While Three Rivers Heating & Cooling always recommends staying on track with annual preventive air conditioning service, we’ve got some tips to help keep your air conditioner running in the heat.

  • First, another time to remind you of the golden rule of HVAC: inspect your air filter regularly! Replace your air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Uncover your air conditioning unit if you opted to have it covered for the cold season. Starting your air conditioner in advance of removing the cover can severely damage it and result in costly air conditioner service calls.
  • Plants, leaves, tall grass and debris located close to your outside unit can impact your AC’s functionality. mow the grass, clean out any debris and eliminate overgrowth that blocks your unit before you start it this summer. remember to check the surroundings at least monthly to keep it open and optimize airflow through your air conditioner.
  • To ensure the best air quality and that your air conditioner is running efficiently, have your ducts cleared out regularly. It’s also a good idea to have your ducts inspected for leaks to ensure all that cooled air is going where you want it and not escaping through gaps.
  • Consider setting up a programmable thermostat to provide assistance to manage the efficiency of your air conditioner.
  • Evaluate the slab your air conditioner unit rests on.

These straightforward steps can save you from unnecessary air conditioning service and keep you cool and comfortable during the warmer weather. If you would like to make an appointment for your annual air conditioner service, or if you want any more tips or ideas to help get your air conditioner ready for summer and keep it running smoothly, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland at 503-213-4433 today.