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 turn on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your AC a trial run. You might just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are on the way and we have a couple tips for making sure your system is ready to keep you cool this season. Test it Now It’s best to run your system before you really need it. You don’t want to realize on the warmest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t operating. Turn your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it run for a few minutes and check to be sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a handful of things you can check yourself before reaching out for air conditioner service. The first and most basic thing to inspect is to make sure you set your system to cool. It’s a simple 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 handled. The next thing you can do is check the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your AC. Dirt and debris can 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 can extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a key 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 generating cool air. It’s time to call in the professionals. Right now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for annual air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will check out any small problems that you have now that might potentially turn into huge problems down the road. If your home isn’t cooling well, it’s possible 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 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 arrange your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 815-768-6656. Or if you’d rather, make an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.