Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring underway and summer just around the corner, it’s time to set up all features of our lives for the warmer weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to turn on your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be contemplating how you will stay comfy this season in Bakersfield. The top way to ensure that you will have a comfortable summer is by turning on your system now, before it gets too warm and you realize that you need air conditioner service. Here are a handful of tips to ensure your system, and your house, is ready for the heat: Try it out now! It really is important to give your system a practice run ASAP. You don’t want your air conditioner to shutdown on the hottest day of the year and make your home uncomfortable. Instead, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and allowing it to run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect test that can save you a lot of future trouble. Ensure that cool air is moving into your home, and if it’s not, here are a few things to check before calling the pros at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made regularly, but if you haven’t changed your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple issue, simple solution! Check the unit outside. Reassess to see if there are any blockages around your system, such as debris or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. As always, this step is critical to improving the performance of your air conditioning system. With fresh and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an simpler environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve worked things out – your system is programmed to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are complications. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyway, so now is the ideal time to check up on every feature of your system before the heat hits. The professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing will not only repair the current issue at hand, but they will also address any small likely issues that could turn into bigger concerns later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling easily, your system might be lacking refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you noted that ice was accumulating when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an sign that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone depends on their air conditioner to survive the summer and it can be easy to overlook how crucial your system is to your summer relaxation. Don’t agonize about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be practical about checking and servicing your system before the heat wave hits. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that annual air conditioner service, call our experts at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment with us online.