Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016The weather is really getting hot outside. Have you checked to make sure you’re going to stay cool in your home? We may not have hit temperatures where we need to flip on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your air conditioner a test run. You may just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are almost here and we have a couple tips for making sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool this season. Test it Now It’s best to try your system before you honestly need it. You don’t want to realize on the warmest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t running. Switch your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it operate for a few minutes and check to be sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a couple things you can check yourself before contacting us for air conditioner service. The first and most basic thing to inspect is to make sure you set your system to cool. It’s an easy mistake and many 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 handled. The next thing you can do is look at the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your AC. Dirt and debris may clog the air flow and affect your system’s ability to generate cool air. As always, look at and switch out your filters. It’s an easy step that could extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a key part of your cooling system and keeping your filter clean can improve your air flow. Call the Professionals Your system 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 best time to arrange an appointment for regular air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will identify any small issues that you have now that could potentially turn into large problems later. If your home isn’t cooling well, it’s likely that your system is just low on refrigerant, which might indicate a leak. If you’ve recognized ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant could be running low. An air conditioning professional can charge that up and take care of any leaks in your lines. We know you trust your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always trust us to keep your system running smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to arrange your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 815-788-6283. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.