air conditioner summerMany homeowners worry about setting up a pool and planning a summer vacation for their families. These are wonderful things to look forward too, but you need to first consider the basics. Your home’s comfort during a Myrtle Beach summer is heavily dependent on its air conditioning system. You must prepare it for the summer.

Install a new air filter

Each home’s air conditioner system has at least one filter that must be replaced regularly. This filter traps unwanted pollutants and makes sure they don’t get in your home. This filter will eventually become clogged with so many pollutants over time.

Now, take a few moments to remove the air filter. Hold it up to a light. It still has some life if you can see through it. If you cannot see through the filter it is time to replace it. There are four types of air filters available: HEPA, pleated, fiberglass and washable.

Clean Your Inside Air Conditioning Unit

Properly cleaning your air conditioner is essential to ensure it runs at peak performance. Start with the inside of your air conditioner unit. To prevent any electrical problems or injuries, you will need to switch off the circuit breaker connected to your AC system.

The access panel from the indoor air conditioner unit should be removed. Begin by cleaning the evaporator coils. Debris can build up over time and cause damage to the evaporator coil. A foaming cleanser that is specifically made for coils is recommended. The foaming cleanser will work and the debris will be able to fall into the drain pan.

Next, clean the drain pan as well as the drain pipe. These components can get clogged up with debris and hard water. To thoroughly clean these components, use a bleach-water solution. This will ensure you don’t have a water backup due to a blocked drain or pipe.

Clean the Outside HVAC Unit

After you have cleaned the indoor unit, you can reinstall the access panels. Now it’s time for you to go outside. First, remove the AC grille. Use a hose to clean any debris on your compressor unit’s fins and other parts.

You will need to clean the condenser coil with a special cleaner that you can buy online or in your local hardware store. The cleaner will be extremely harsh as it must work hard to get rid of all the debris and dirt that has been left by the elements.

Straighten the Fins

A lot of metal fins will be found on your outdoor compressor unit. These small pieces can be bent easily. The fins will not disperse heat properly if they are bent. You can fix this problem by using a fin comb.

Hardware stores sell fin combs. You will need a tape measure to determine the right size comb. You need to count the number of fins in one square inch. The number of fins per square inch is the basis for selling combs.

Make sure to clean up around the outdoor unit

Once you have cleaned up the outside unit, and reinstalled the AC grille cover cover, it is time to evaluate the area around the unit. You should remove any leaves or sticks that may be left behind. Tree branches or bushes within two feet of the unit will need to be cut back. A minimum of 2 feet should be left around the outdoor unit. This will allow air to flow freely through the unit.

Programming Your Thermostat

thermostatThis is the perfect time to program your thermostat according to your schedule. When you are sure you will be home, set your thermostat at a level where you are comfortable. If you aren’t home, such as when you leave for work, you can program your thermostat to a temperature higher temperature. This will make sure that your air conditioner is operating in an efficient manner.

Does all of this sound complicated? North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air provides AC services for all North Myrtle Beach residents. We can also provide reliable assistance with all your heating and air purification requirements. Give us a shout today!

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