Preparing Your AC for Summer: Proper Maintenance for Maximum Efficiency

When summer arrives, we all seek the relief of a well-functioning air conditioning system that keeps our homes cool and comfortable. However, to ensure that your AC operates efficiently and effectively throughout the season, it’s critical to prepare and maintain it properly before the hot weather hits. Proper maintenance can not only help save on energy costs but also extend your AC’s lifespan, preventing untimely breakdowns and costly repairs.

We’ll guide you through essential steps to prepare your air conditioning system for the hot summer months, along with the crucial maintenance tasks that should be performed by our professionals to keep your AC in peak working condition. These steps include inspecting for damage, cleaning essential components, checking refrigerant levels, and scheduling a professional tune-up.

Inspect for Damage and Debris

Before turning on your air conditioner for the summer, it’s essential to perform a visual inspection to identify any potential issues caused by stormy weather or dormant periods during the colder months.

Outdoor Unit:

– Check for bent or damaged fins on the condenser coils and straighten them if necessary.

– Inspect for debris, such as leaves, dirt, and trash that could be obstructing airflow.

– Ensure there is adequate clearance around the unit for optimal operation.

Indoor Unit:

– Check for strange odors, indicating mold or mildew growth.

– Inspect the air filter for excessive dirt buildup or damage.

In addition to these inspection tasks, engage our professionals to check vital components such as the compressor, evaporator coil, and electric circuits for early signs of wear or malfunction.

Clean Essential Components

Cleaning key components of your AC system is critical in ensuring optimal performance and efficiency. Dirt and debris can impede the heat transfer process, causing your AC to work harder and consume more energy.

Evaporator and Condenser Coils:

– Clean the condenser coils outdoors using a soft brush and coil cleaning solution to remove dirt and debris.

– Clean the evaporator coil indoors with a special no-rinse coil cleaner and soft brush.

Air Filters:

– Replace disposable air filters every 30-90 days, depending on your living conditions and filter type.

– Clean reusable filters with mild soap and water, ensuring they are thoroughly dry before reinstallation.

Drainage System:

– Inspect the condensate drain line for clogs and flush out any blockages with a mild solution of distilled vinegar or warm water.

– Clean the drain pan by removing any standing water, wiping it down with a cloth, and spraying it with an antibacterial cleaning solution.

Check Refrigerant Levels and Fix Leaks

Your air conditioner requires the correct amount of refrigerant to function efficiently. Too much or too little refrigerant can lead to decreased cooling performance and higher energy bills. Our trained technicians can check the refrigerant levels in your AC system and recharge them if necessary.

To ensure your AC system does not develop any leaks, our professionals will also inspect the refrigerant lines, connections, and coils for any signs of damage or wear. Fixing leaks promptly can prevent costly repairs and ensure consistent cooling.

Schedule a Professional Tune-Up

Entrusting our professionals to perform a comprehensive pre-season tune-up is a smart choice, as they can identify and fix potential issues before they escalate. Our technicians can provide the following services:

– Inspect electrical connections and components for any signs of wear or corrosion, tightening loose connections and replacing damaged parts as needed.

– Lubricate the moving components such as the blower motor and fan bearings to reduce friction and prolong the lifespan of your AC system.

– Calibrate the thermostat to ensure it accurately senses the temperature, enabling your AC to cycle on and off optimally.

– Perform an amp draw test on the compressor to verify it is running within the manufacturer’s specifications.


By taking the time to prepare and maintain your air conditioning system for the hot summer months, you can enjoy the benefits of efficient and reliable cooling in your home. Performing visual inspections, cleaning key components, checking refrigerant levels, and scheduling professional tune-ups can help extend your AC system’s lifespan, minimize energy consumption, and reduce the chances of untimely breakdowns or costly repairs.

Don’t wait until the heat waves hit – schedule an AC maintenance appointment with our expert technicians at Precision Heating and Cooling now to ensure your air conditioning system is in prime condition for the summer season, providing you with a cool and comfortable living environment.