Now that winter is over, and the warm air is kicking in, it's time to get your air conditioner ready for summer. If you live in a mobile home, it's particularly important that your air conditioner be ready for the warm weather – heat can build up quickly in a mobile home. To make sure you're not left out in the heat, here are three steps you should take to get your air conditioner ready for summer.
Change the Filter
Before you turn your air conditioner on for the first time this summer, you should change the filter. Air conditioners run more efficiently when they have a fresh filter. One reason is because your air conditioner needs to work harder to push air through your home when the filter is dirty. Not only that, but if your filter is dirty, so is the air you're breathing inside your home. Keep your air conditioner running efficiently, and improve the quality of the air you breathe this summer, by installing a new filter.
Check the Ductwork
You might not realize this, but if you live in a mobile home, all your duct work is under the house. Unfortunately, the vibration from walking across your floor, and animals crawling around under your home, can knock the duct work loose. When that happens, the cool air won't make it through to your home. Instead, you'll be cooling the air under your house. Before summer arrives, look under your home and make sure that the duct work is securely attached. If you see areas that aren't secure, or that appear to be damaged, you'll need to contact your HVAC technician to take care of the repairs.
Clean the Drain Line
Your air conditioner has a tube attached to it that is used to drain condensation away from the unit. This tube is called the drain line, and when it's clogged, your air conditioner won't function properly. Before summer arrives, and you need your air conditioner, it's a good idea to clean the drain line. First disconnect the drain line from the air conditioner. Pour about one cup of bleach into the tube and allow it to set for about 15 minutes. Next, flush the drain line with clean water. Finally, reattach the drain line to the air conditioner.
The temperatures will be rising before you know it. Make sure your air conditioner is ready for action by following the instructions provided above. For other tips on how to get your air conditioner ready, contact an HVAC technician near you like Miller Services HVAC Inc..