If you would like to avoid a round of professional troubleshooting to determine what's wrong with a broken or malfunctioning air conditioner, you should take the following three steps to confirm your air conditioner's readiness for the summer season.
#1: Clean the Air Filter
Ideally, you should clean or replace your HVAC air filter every two to three months. Without regular cleaning, the air contaminants it filters from the indoor air can clog the air filter, creating a blockage. This, in turn, can lead to higher energy expenses and an air conditioner that struggles to meet the demands of summer usage.
#2: Check the Refrigerant Levels
Air conditioners work by compressing a gas called refrigerant, then allowing it to expand. As it expands, it gets cold, cooling the air. So when an air conditioner doesn't have enough refrigerant, it may appear it's running properly, but it's not cooling the air as effectively as it should.
Checking an air conditioner's refrigerant levels is usually not something the average person can do on their own, so they may need to hire an HVAC technician. However, if the air coming out of your HVAC vents is cooler than room temperature, but not as cool as it should be, there's a good chance your air conditioner needs refrigerant.
#3: Getting Your Air Conditioner Inspected
Experts recommend that before every summer season, you have an HVAC professional inspect your system, identify any potential problems and take preventative maintenance steps. One of the things that will likely occur during an inspection is to ensure the air conditioner has enough refrigerant.
Discover additional steps you can take while troubleshooting your air conditioner and making sure it's ready for the hottest weeks of the year. Contact our team at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning online to arrange a visit from one of our experienced air conditioner specialists.