Are you someone who likes the cold winter months? Do you dread the coming of the heat of summer? Fortunately for people who dislike heat, air conditioning is a modern marvel that makes living in a warmer climate bearable. But an air conditioner can be a fickle appliance when it is not properly maintained. Although it's easy to forget about such things when cool weather rolls around, it's essential to make sure that your air conditioner is prepared for next year. If you haven't already, the following things need to be done now before the weather starts to warm up again:
1. Change the thermostat batteries: If you have a modern thermostat with a digital display, chances are good that it has batteries inside. In the event of a power outage, these batteries are used to preserve various information, such as when to turn on and off and when to change different temperatures throughout the day, until the power comes back on. Because they're seldom used, these batteries can last for years. But if you don't remember the last time that you changed the batteries, doing so now is an important part of air conditioning maintenance in order to prevent having to reprogram your thermostat if the power should happen to go out.
2. Get a tune-up: Everything, no matter what it is, eventually starts to break down due to age. Although inevitable, there are things you can do to postpone this slide into disrepair. One of the best things you can do is to pay one of your local air conditioning maintenance companies to send a technician out to check out your unit. He or she will look for various issues that could become more serious later, such as signs of rust or corrosion and wiring that's in need of replacement. Doing this now, before you notice anything wrong will help prevent problems from cropping up suddenly.
3. Use the correct filter: When you move into a home, the simplest thing to do in regards to filters for your air conditioner is to continue buying the same ones that are already in place. However, this may not be ideal. The previous homeowner may have installed the incorrect filters for your air conditioner, using ones that are the wrong size or that are the wrong thickness. Using the wrong filter may not seem like a big deal, but it can result in needing extra air conditioning maintenance over time. A filter that is too thin, for instance, will allow too much dust and other particulates through so that they build up on the interior of the air conditioner. A filter that is too thick can result in your air conditioner's fan's motor burning out and needing to be replaced when it's unable to force air through the filter.
Taking preventative measures now may help to reduce your costs in the future, so it's important to stay on top of the maintenance concerns before they turn into serious problems.