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Aug 16 2022

End of Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance

The cooler weather brings relief, and by the end of the summer, it’s time to turn off the AC for the year. But before you shut down your AC, it helps to perform some end-of-summer maintenance to ensure everything is ready for next year. Van Drunen Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Call our team if you have questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your AC maintenance!

Replace Air Filter

By the time fall begins, your AC’s air filter is probably completely filled with dust and other debris. Dirty filters need to be replaced because they can negatively impact your AC’s performance and lead to poor indoor air quality. On the other hand, a clean filter will catch all of the allergens and stop them from recirculating back into your air. End-of-summer maintenance is the perfect opportunity to switch out your air filter. 

Clean the Condenser Cabinet and Condensate Drainage System

Over the course of the summer, debris, dirt and dust naturally fall into the air conditioner, creating quite the mess to clean up. Likely, a few internal parts will require some attention to ensure they are prepared to run optimally by the time next summer arrives. Our technicians can take a look and clean out both the condensate drainage system as well as the condenser cabinet. If these parts are dirty, it can harm your air conditioner’s cooling capabilities and may even lead to premature degeneration. Removing falling leaves, stagnant water and other debris can help circumvent the issue altogether. 

Examine Your Thermostat

The thermostat is essentially the brain of an air conditioner. Ensuring your thermostat is working as it should is key to maximizing your AC’s energy efficiency. If your thermostat is inaccurately calibrated, it can lead to poor operation and increased energy usage, making you pay more on your monthly bills. By setting up your thermostat for the fall and winter, you can reduce energy consumption and save money in the long run. 

Remove Debris From Around the Outdoor Unit

Debris left lying on top of or near the air conditioner can obstruct airflow. Check outside for any potentially problematic debris piled nearby, such as grass clippings, weeds, shrubs and other plants that may have overgrown around your AC. Simply clearing away the debris can promote better functioning and eliminate a mess to worry about next year. 

Check Electrical Work

Sometimes, faulty electrical work can be the culprit for poor AC functioning. Over the course of summer, the electrical connection could use some repairs, especially since exposed wires can be a fire hazard. Let us examine your AC’s electrical work to confirm that everything is good to go. 

Choose a Professional Tune-Up

If you aren’t confident in your own ability to identify issues with your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced technicians. Van Drunen Heating and Air Conditioning has delivered superior HVAC services for over 50 years. We perform a range of maintenance services to ensure that your AC is ready to be shut down for the season. Leave the job to us.

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