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How to Prep Your Air Conditioning for Hot Summer Weather

April 21st, 2014

With the arrival of spring, summer isn’t far off, nor is the need to use your home’s air conditioning. Before the summer cooling season arrives in Tucson, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for the hot weather. In addition to performing some maintenance yourself, contact Russett Southwest Corp. for a professional inspection and tune-up to ensure your A/C is ready to go on the first day of summer.

Change Your Filter

Your HVAC system uses an air filter to screen out debris before air is drawn into your furnace or air conditioner. This filter should be changed every one to three months, depending on the type of filter you use. Failing to change your filter reduces the efficiency of your air conditioner because a dirty filter limits the amount of air that can be pulled into the system for cooling. This makes the unit’s motor work harder, causing it to wear out or fail quickly. Changing your filter is an inexpensive and easy step towards better air conditioning efficiency and a longer-lasting HVAC system.

Clean Around Your Condenser

Your air conditioner’s condenser is the large unit located outdoors. Because this essential component of your system is always outside, it’s important to check around your condenser before cooling season hits to make sure the area is clear of debris. Branches, rocks, insect or rodent nests, and other debris can cause damage or block airflow. Make a thorough inspection of the area around your condenser, clearing away any debris or plant overgrowth to ensure the unit has three feet of clear space in all directions. You can also clean the condenser yourself between service visits.

You can schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Tucson today by calling Russett Southwest Corp. at (520) 629-9676. We offer comprehensive heating and cooling services, including A/C repair, heating inspections, and indoor air quality control. Visit us on the web to learn more about us or to schedule service online.