With summer in full swing, Burlington, Kentucky, residents are facing hot, humid weather. Most folks rely on air conditioning as relief from the heat. There are simple ways to prepare your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for summer to make sure that your AC performs at its best when you most need it.

Change the Air Filter

A dirty air filter is the primary cause for an HVAC system to stop working. When filters get clogged, airborne particulates enter ducts and coat coils and other components. The compressor must work harder to produce conditioned air. Eventually, the unit overheats and shuts down. Cleaning or replacing the filter can reduce energy usage by between 5 and 15 percent.

Inspect the Outside Unit

If you have a split AC system, there will be a unit located outside near your house. Trim bushes and grass back, allowing 2 to 4 feet of clearance around the unit. This allows air to circulate and keeps the condenser from overheating. Check inside the housing and remove any debris. Dirty coils use up to 37 percent more energy. Be sure to turn the system off before cleaning.

Have a Tune-Up

Most HVAC manufacturers require seasonal maintenance to keep warranties valid. Preventive maintenance by an HVAC professional examines all components of an air conditioning system:

  • Clean or replace filter.
  • Lubricate moving elements.
  • Inspect electrical connections.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Ensure unit cycles properly.
  • Clean condensate lines.
  • Clean coils.
  • Check pressure and airflow.
  • Check gas burners, heat exchanger and ignition.
  • Calibrate thermostat.

A well-maintained HVAC system saves energy, reduces the frequency of breakdowns and prolongs the life of the unit.

The Furnace Doctor provides heating and air conditioning services for the Burlington, KY area. We specialize in residential air conditioning systems, including heat pumps, central systems, and ductless mini-split units. We know what equipment works well in the Bluegrass region. We make recommendations for new installations and repairs based on your indoor comfort needs and budget. For more information about how to prepare your AC system for summer, call and speak to one of our certified service technicians.