Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring underway and summer imminent, it’s time to prepare all aspects of our lives for the hotter weather, and that also means our homes. It may not be time to utilize your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay comfortable this season in West Columbia. The greatest way to guarantee that you will have a cool summer is by switching on your system now, before it gets too hot and you find that you need air conditioner maintenance. Here are a couple of tips to guarantee that your system, and your house, is properly equipped for the heat: Try it out now! It really is helpful to give your system a test run sooner rather than later. You don’t want your air conditioner to shutdown on the most blistering day of the year and make your home grossly warm. Instead, positioning your thermostat to its cooling mode and letting it run, even for a few minutes, will be an excellent test that can save you a lot of future issues. Make sure that cool air is flowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a handful of things to inspect before calling the pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made often, but if you haven’t changed your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple issue, uncomplicated solution! Check the unit outside. Verify to see if there are any blockages around your system, such as debris or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. As you’ve heard before, this step is vital to enhancing the work of your air conditioning system. With clean 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 programmed 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 experts if there are complications. Routine air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyway, so now is the ideal time to check up on every aspect of your system before the heat hits. The experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. will not only fix the current issue at hand, but they will also tackle any small likely issues that could turn into bigger problems later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling easily, your system might be lacking refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you observed that ice was forming when you inspected your outdoor unit, that may be an signal that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can fix 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 overlook how important your system is to your summer ease. Don’t agonize about your air conditioner failing 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 routine air conditioner service, call our experts at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment with us online.