Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016The weather is really heating up outside. Have you checked to ensure you’re going to stay cool inside? We may not have reached temperatures where we need to switch on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your AC a check. You may just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are near and we have a few tips for making sure your system is ready to keep you cool this summer. Test it Now It’s best to run your system before you honestly need it. You don’t want to realize on the toastiest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t running. Set your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it operate for a couple minutes and check to ensure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a few things you can check yourself before reaching out for air conditioner service. The first and easiest thing to look at is to be sure you set your system to cool. It’s an honest mistake and a lot of people forget to flip it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, flip it over and your problem just may be solved. The next thing you can do is check the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your air conditioner. Dirt and debris might clog the air flow and affect your system’s ability to create cool air. As always, look at and swap out your filters. It’s an easy step that can extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a large part of your cooling system and keeping your filter clean can boost your air flow. Call the Professionals Your thermostat is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not getting cool air. It’s time to call in the pros. Right now is the ideal time to set up an appointment for routine air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will look at any small problems that you have now that could potentially turn into huge problems down the road. If your home isn’t cooling well, there’s a chance that that your system is just low on refrigerant, which might indicate a leak. If you’ve noticed ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant might be running low. An air conditioning expert can charge that up and take care of any leaks in your lines. We know you count on your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always count on us to keep your system working smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to set up your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 703-369-5528. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.