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Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready

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It’s time to get your air conditioner ready for the summer season! There are a few things you should do and check before turning on your cold air.

Remove the Cover
If you used an air conditioner cover during the fall and winter, make sure to take it off for the season. Turning on the AC with the cover still on can cause serious damage to the unit. Once the cover is removed, wipe off the condenser with a cloth prior to starting it up.

Clear Debris
There might be leaves, branches and other debris built up around the outdoor condenser. Rake and dispose of them before using the system. It’s important to do this at the beginning of the season and periodically throughout the summer to ensure that there’s proper airflow around the condenser.

Check and Change the Furnace Filter
We always recommend that you check the furnace filter and replace (or clean) it as required. Whole-home air conditioners use the same filter as the furnace, so to keep the system clean and indoor air quality high, it needs to be regularly replaced. The average 1” filter should be changed on a monthly basis.

Schedule AC Maintenance
You should have your system professionally inspected and cleaned every year. An AC technician will look over the system, make some small adjustments, and ensure everything is operating safely, efficiently and reliably. This preventive maintenance will help get your air conditioner ready, extend its lifespan, and drastically improve your indoor comfort. It also helps to ensure there is not a leak or low on refrigerant prior to starting the unit. Running a unit with low or no refrigerant can burn out a compressor, similar to driving a car without gas.

HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. is currently providing emergency service appointments for homeowners. If you’d like to schedule a tentative date for your annual AC maintenance, please call us, just note the date might need to be rescheduled based on provincial and health guidelines.

We have been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby and Brantford areas since 1946.

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