Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring in progress and summer fast approaching, it’s time to prep all parts of our lives for the toastier weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay comfortable this season in Erie. The best way to ensure that you will have a cozy summer is by flipping on your system now, before it gets too warm and you realize that you need air conditioner maintenance. Here are a handful of tips to guarantee that your system, and your house, is prepared 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 shutdown on the warmest day of the year and make your home unpleasant. Instead, positioning your thermostat to its cooling mode and letting it run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect check that can save you a lot of future trouble. Make sure that cool air is blowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a few things to inspect before calling the experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a common mistake and one that is made regularly, 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 debris or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. As always, this step is crucial to improving the work of your air conditioning system. With sanitary and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will establish an comfortable environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve tested things out – your system is programmed to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t receiving any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are complications. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year anyway, so now is the ideal time to check up on every piece of your system before the heat hits. The specialists at Patterson & Stirling Inc will not only solve the current difficulty at hand, but they will also deal with any small likely issues that could turn into bigger difficulties later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling effortlessly, your system might be deficient in refrigerant based on low levels or perhaps a leak. If you noticed that ice was accumulating when you inspected your outdoor unit, that may be an indicator that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our professionals can take care of 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 ignore how crucial your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t fret about your air conditioner failing and instead, be proactive about testing and servicing your system before the heat wave arrives. If you have any questions about your system or want to schedule that annual air conditioner service, call our specialists at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment with us online.