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 warmer weather, and that involves our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be contemplating how you will stay cool this season in the Main Line. The greatest way to make sure that you will have a comfortable summer is by turning on your system now, before it gets too warm and you discover that you need air conditioner service. Here are a couple of tricks to ensure your system, and your house, is prepared for the heat: Try it out now! It really is helpful to give your system a trial run as soon as you can. You don’t want your air conditioner to shutdown on the most blistering day of the year and make your home grossly warm. Rather, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect check 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 few things to check before calling the experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a common mistake and one that is made frequently, but if you haven’t flipped your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be blowing. Simple issue, easy solution! Check the unit outside. Double check to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as debris or dirt, that can clog your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. Per usual, 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 simpler environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve tried 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 specialists if there are problems. Routine air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year nonetheless, so now is the best time to inspect every piece of your system before the heat hits. The specialists at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning will not only solve the current problem at hand, but they will also tackle any small potential issues that could turn into bigger problems later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling effortlessly, your system might be lacking refrigerant based on low levels or perhaps a leak. If you observed that ice was establishing when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an indicator that you need more refrigerant. Throughout an air conditioner maintenance check, our professionals can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone depends on their air conditioner to survive the summer and it can be easy to ignore how vital your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t worry about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be practical about assessing and servicing your system before the heat wave arrives. If you have any questions about your system or want to arrange that annual air conditioner service, call our specialists at 610-626-2540 or schedule an appointment with us online.