Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring in progress and summer imminent, it’s time to set up all features of our lives for the hotter weather, and that also means our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be thinking about how you will stay cool this season in Baltimore. The greatest way to make sure that you will have a comfortable summer is by flipping on your system now, before it gets too hot and you realize that you need air conditioner maintenance. Here are a handful of tips to guarantee that your system, and your house, is prepared for the heat: Try it out now! It really is important to give your system a test run sooner rather than later. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down on the hottest day of the year and make your home grossly warm. Rather, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and letting it run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect check that can save you a lot of future trouble. Make sure 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 Quality Refrigeration: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a common mistake and one that is made often, but if you haven’t changed your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be running. Simple problem, uncomplicated solution! Check the unit outside. Verify to see if there are any blockages around your system, such as items or dirt, that can block your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. Per usual, this step is critical to refining the functionality of your air conditioning system. With clean and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an simpler environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve worked things out – your system is adjusted to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the experts if there are issues. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year anyway, so now is the perfect time to check up on every aspect of your system before the summer hits. The experts at Quality Refrigeration will not only repair the current issue at hand, but they will also address any small likely issues that could turn into bigger concerns later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling effortlessly, your system might be deficient in refrigerant based on low levels or possibly a leak. If you observed that ice was forming when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an indicator that you need more refrigerant. In an air conditioner maintenance check, our professionals can take care of any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone depends on their air conditioner to endure over the summer and it can be easy to overlook how vital your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t fret about your air conditioner shutting down and instead, be practical about testing and servicing your system before the heat wave arrives. If you have any questions about your system or want to schedule that routine air conditioner service, call our specialists at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment with us online.