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Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, it’s time to prepare all parts of our lives for the hotter weather, and that involves our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be thinking about how you will stay cool this season in Portland. The top way to ensure that you will have a cozy summer is by switching on your system now, before it gets too hot and you discover that you need air conditioner service. Here are a handful of tricks to ensure your system, and your house, is properly equipped for the heat:

Try it out now!

It really is better to give your system a practice run as soon as you can. You don’t want your air conditioner to fail on the most blistering day of the year and make your home uncomfortable. Rather, setting your thermostat to its cooling mode and allowing it to run, even for a few minutes, will be an excellent test that can save you a lot of future problems. Ensure that cool air is blowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a couple of things to inspect before calling the pros at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling:

  • Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made frequently, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple issue, easy solution!
  • Check the unit outside. Reassess to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as items or dirt, that can clog your air flow and cool air production.
  • Change your filters. Per usual, this step is vital to enhancing the functionality of your air conditioning system. With sanitary and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an simpler environment for air to flow through.

Once you’ve worked things out – your system is adjusted to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t getting any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are problems. Regular air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyway, so now is the best time to inspect every piece of your system before the new season hits. The professionals at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling will not only repair the current issue at hand, but they will also address any small possible future issues that could turn into bigger concerns later.

Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling without difficulty, your system might be missing refrigerant based on low levels or possibly a leak. If you noted that ice was forming when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an sign that you need more refrigerant. In an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages.

Everyone relies on their air conditioner to endure over the summer and it can be easy to forget how crucial your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t worry about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be proactive about assessing and servicing your system before the heat wave hits. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that annual air conditioner service, call our experts at 503-213-4433 or schedule an appointment with us online.