Keep your AC in Good Shape for our “Second Summer” in Sacramento
Can you believe it still gets up to 100 degrees around Labor Day? I guess we could say we typically have a bit of a “second summer.” I think it safe to point out we will typically still be using our air conditioners for at least another month. As we head into September, I’d like to point out a few things you can do to make sure your AC system keeps running the rest of the summer and through the end of another year.
Get Any Remaining Repairs Done
If you had us out this year to diagnose a problem or got an AC tune-up, we may have repaired the immediate cause of the failure. I’m sure we made some other recommendations for your system that will not only make your system last longer but make things more secure for your home. These add-ons, like a condensate safety switch or a compressor start assist kit can really help out your AC and keep it running the rest of the summer. Also, if there were any items that were running low, maybe now is a good time to get that fixed. You really want a well-performing system heading into next summer.
Don’t Cover the AC Too Soon
Some of our customers like to cover their AC for the fall and winter so no debris falls into the bottom or snags on the fan blade. This is a great idea, but just make sure you’re not going to use your AC anymore this year before doing so. You can cause an overheating compressor, which is the most expensive thing to replace on your system.
Change Your Filter One More Time
I know I say this a lot, but changing your filter is the single most important thing you can do as a homeowner to protect your system and extend the life of it. I always recommend buying the cheapest filters, so you are more inclined to change them out more often. Remember, if your filter is not perfectly white anymore, it’s time to change your filter. That’s the air you’re breathing, and I know you wouldn’t purposely hold a dirty air mask to your face and breathe through it. So, change those filters!
To Keep Your AC Running, Keep the Coils Clean on the Outdoor Unit
Washing the coils on the outside unit is relatively straightforward, assuming the fins on the outdoor coils aren’t completely impacted or overgrown with pollen and dirt. You should be able to simply use your garden hose to spray downward from the top of the fins towards the ground. This rinses you fins off so they have more surface area to transfer heat. You really just don’t want to use something like a power washer. A little pressure is fine but if you start bending the fins, you’re going about it with a little too much strength. Watch my video about “What happens on an AC Tune-up” to see me clean my old AC’s condenser coils.
Make Sure Condensation is Dripping on the Side of the House
Last but not least, there is a 3/4 inch drain probably on the side of your house that drips water from it every summer when your AC is running. This is a good thing, and even this late in the year you want to make sure it’s still draining properly. If not, there might be a clog within the AC drainage system that needs to be taken care of. High-pressure air or a vacuum cleaner on the pipe can free up the clog. Whether you take care of it or you let Fox Family come out and take care of it, this is one thing you don’t want to neglect. Water damage is no fun!
Take this advice as we deal with this late summer heat. I’m sure you’re going to be using your AC a little more this year. Its really important to take care of your AC, so it will take care of you when you need it.
If you haven’t already had your AC tune-up this year from Fox Family, let us come out and do a thorough check of your AC system and get it cleaned up so next year you don’t have any surprises sneak up on you.
Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you at the next blog post.