If you are trying to prepare for a hot summer then you are likely wanting to ensure that your air conditioner is going to last through the hot summer. For the most part when an air conditioning system goes down it is in the middle of the summer. This is simply because this is when the system is being used so often. However, if your system does go down you could be stuck without air conditioning for a few days. This is not only uncomfortable, but can also be very dangerous. Here are a few different ways that you can prepare for the hot summer months.
One of the first things that you want to inspect on your air conditioner is the compressor on the outside of the home. Be sure that there is no vegetation growing into the compressor, and that the vegetation is cut back away from the compressor. You then want to open up the compressor and clean it out. One thing that you want to check is that all the fins are straight and that they allow for maximum airflow through the compressor. Lastly you will want to ensure that the compressor is completely flat. A compressor needs to be flat since coolant runs through the coils. If the compressor is not flat, then it will not allow the coolant to flow through the coils properly.
One of the easiest maintenance procedures is to inspect and repair the filters on your air conditioning system. The air filter is a very important aspect of your system because the more dirt in the system the more likely it is to malfunction. In fact, even a little bit of dust or debris can cause big problems. The good news is that you can find filters at almost any home improvement store, and can easily change them with a simple screwdriver.
One of the best things that you can do before the summer is have a technician come and inspect the air conditioning system. There are definitely things that you can take care of yourself, but you do not have the expertise that a professional technician does, so they can catch small problems that have the potential to turn into major problems. Have the inspection done in the early spring so that the system is all ready to go when summer arrives. If you do this, then you will likely not have any problems with your system for the summer.