Prepare Your AC for Summer Posted March 1, 2017 Make your life simpler—get ahead by preparing your air conditioner now before warmer temperatures arrive. You can save on your electricity bill this summer if your air conditioner is working at its top efficiency! If you are running your system when it needs service, you could see a dramatic hike in costs and damaging wear and tear on your air conditioner. Keep your system performing well with at least one air conditioning service call from your Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing professional each year. This is important to keep your unit working for the long haul. Your technician can confirm that your unit is working correctly and watch for trouble areas to head off any potential problems before they happen. This saves you from larger, more expensive repairs.Just some of the benefits a professional air conditioning service will provide you:Cooling cycle assessmentReplacement or cleaning air filters Lubrication of any moving parts and tightening of electrical componentsCleaning the condensate drain, blower components and condenser coilWhat You Can Do to PrepareIn addition to setting up your professional air conditioning service, there are actions you can do now and during the year to ensure your AC is functioning at peak performance. Now:Clear the spot around your unit. Make sure there aren’t plants growing too close to your AC, which can obstruct airflow. Remove piles of leaves or mulch blocking any part of the AC unit. If your outside unit was covered during the winter, don’t forget to uncover it. You can ruin your system if you operate your air conditioning with a cover, coil blanket or lid. That damage could end in serious repairs or complete replacement.Throughout the year:Your Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing service professional will clean or replace your filters as needed during the annual service visit. Don’t forget to inspect your filters each month and replace them when needed! Different homes have different air filter replacement demands. If you own a pet or are undergoing home renovations, you may have to change them more often.Make sure your air conditioning is working at its most efficient by having your ducts cleaned frequently. It keeps your house healthy too! If you follow these easy steps, your AC will be ready for whatever this summer can throw at it. To schedule your annual service, call the Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing team at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment online.