How do I know if my air conditioner is running properly this summer?

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The summer heat means your air conditioner is putting in much more work. The best way to stay cool this summer is to stay on-top of your unit’s upkeep so you can feel confident everything is operating correctly. There are a few tips for you to ensure your air conditioner is working properly during the warmer months.

Keep the Area Around Unit Clear of Brush and Debris

Summer is the most popular to mow your lawn, making it easy for grass clippings and other debris to build up outside of your air conditioner. This can cause a decrease in system capacity and reduced airflow, resulting in your air conditioner working harder and ultimately wearing down earlier. Be sure to frequently eliminate any debris around your unit so your air conditioner can last as long as possible.

Change or Clean the Air Filter

Regularly replacing or cleaning the air filters in your air conditioner will improve its efficiency. For any questions about which filter you should use or how often you should change it, review the filter itself or feel free to contact the team at Patterson & Stirling Inc so we can recommend one based on your specific system. For certain filter sizes, we can check and replace them at your routine maintenance visit. It’s important to know that if your air conditioner is in regular use, it’s subject to dusty circumstances, or you have pets, that your filter could need to be cleaned or changed more often.

Coil Care

Your air conditioner’s coils collect dirt over time which eventually lowers airflow and insulates the coil making it more difficult to absorb heat. The outdoor coils can become dirty if the area is dusty or if there is nearby foliage. Coils can also bend, obstructing airflow through the coil. Our team can check the coils at your annual maintenance visit to clean or straighten coils when needed.

Keep Up with Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

It is imperative to keep up with your regular air conditioner maintenance. The technicians at Patterson & Stirling Inc can look at your air conditioner to ensure everything is working correctly, keep coils and filters clean, and much more. Annual maintenance check-ups will help evade major breakdowns and keep your air conditioner operating as long as possible. Stay cool during this summer’s heat by booking your annual maintenance appointment so you can be confident that your air conditioner is working properly. Contact us at 814-833-5558 to schedule your maintenance visit today.

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