Summer temperatures in Tucson frequently top 100 degrees Fahrenheit, requiring the use of central air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable. Before the summer temperatures hit, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for a full season of perfect function. Taking the opportunity now to inspect and prepare your air conditioner gives you adequate time to call an air conditioning repair service if your unit needs a tune-up or repairs.
Clear Away Debris
Your air conditioner’s condenser is located outside your home. Take some time in the spring to clear away any debris that may have built up on or around your condenser, which could block airflow. Trim back any foliage and make sure the area around your condenser is clear for at least three feet in all directions. If the condenser needs to be cleaned, don’t spray it down with your hose—this can bend or damage its metal fins. Instead, use a bucket of warm, soapy water and a soft sponge to clean away any dirt or dust.
Check the Drain and Drip Pan
As your air conditioner cools the air, it creates condensation. This moisture is usually funneled away from this system via a drain to a drip pan, which sits beneath the indoor portion of the appliance. Check the drain and drip pan to ensure they are clean and clear of mold or algae. If your air conditioner’s drip pan has a pump that removes water, move the sensor up and down to check that the pump is working. If you have any questions about your air conditioner’s drain, drip pan, or pump, contact an air conditioning specialist.
At Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions, LLC, we are here to help you prepare your air conditioning for the hot desert summer. Contact us by calling 520-495-2227 to schedule an appointment or find out more about our system maintenance, coil cleaning, and monthly filter change reminder services. If you’d like to learn more about your heating or cooling system, we invite you to read through the articles on our blog.