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Calgary Homeowners: Your AC Checklist for a Cool Summer Ahead

As the winter chill fades away and Calgary starts to thaw, homeowners begin looking forward to spring and summer warmer days. An essential part of preparing for these warmer temperatures is ensuring that your air conditioning unit is ready to provide a comfortable indoor climate. Here are some crucial steps to take before turning on your AC after a long Calgary winter.

Inspect the Outdoor Unit

The first step is to inspect your outdoor AC unit. Calgary’s harsh winter weather can leave debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, around and inside the unit. Clear any visible debris to ensure that the unit has proper airflow. Additionally, check for any signs of damage caused by ice or snow, such as bent or broken fins. If you notice any significant issues, calling a professional to assess and fix the damage is best.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

A clean air filter is vital for your AC system’s efficiency and air quality. Over the winter, dust and allergens can accumulate in the filter, restricting airflow and reducing system efficiency. Depending on the filter your system uses, clean or replace it. Regular air filter maintenance also helps prevent strain on your system, which can lead to costly repairs.

Check the Main Breaker Panel

Before turning on your AC unit, it’s important to check your main breaker panel. Over the winter, the breaker for your air conditioning system might have been turned off as a safety precaution or during power fluctuations. Locate your main breaker panel and ensure the AC breaker is in the “on” position.

Check the Thermostat

Before switching your AC on, ensure your thermostat is functioning correctly. If you have an older, manual thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat. This upgrade can improve the efficiency of your AC system by allowing you to set specific temperatures for different times of the day, ensuring that your home is cool when you need it to be without wasting energy.

Inspect the Ductwork

Calgary homes, especially older ones, can have issues with their ductwork. Over the winter, ducts can develop leaks or become clogged with dust and debris. Inspect your ducts for any visible signs of wear and tear or blockages. Sealing leaks and cleaning the ducts can significantly improve your system’s efficiency and your home’s air quality.

Test the System

Now it’s time to test your AC system. Turn it on and let it run for a while to ensure it’s operating correctly. Listen for unusual noises and check if the air is cool. The system may need professional maintenance if it doesn’t start or cool efficiently.

Check the Refrigerant Levels

Low refrigerant levels can severely impact your AC’s ability to cool your home. If your system’s refrigerant levels are low, it might be due to a leak that needs addressing by a professional technician. Ensuring the refrigerant is at the correct level is crucial for maintaining the efficiency and longevity of your AC unit.

Examine the Condensate Drain

Your AC system’s condensate drain can become clogged with debris, leading to water damage and increased humidity levels in your home. Check the drain for blockages and ensure it is clear to allow moisture to drain from the system properly. If you notice any standing water or signs of mold, it may indicate a blockage that needs to be cleared.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance Check

Even if everything seems in order, scheduling a professional maintenance check can ensure your AC unit is in top condition. HVAC professionals have the expertise and tools to perform a thorough inspection and tune-up, addressing potential issues before they become major problems.

Why Choose Arpi’s for Your HVAC Needs?

Ensuring your AC unit is ready for the summer heat is essential for comfort and energy efficiency. At Arpi’s in Calgary, we offer comprehensive HVAC services, including maintenance, repair, and new installations. Our experienced technicians are dedicated to providing top-notch service and ensuring your home stays comfortable all year round.

Whether you need routine maintenance, a repair or are considering a new AC installation, Arpi’s has you covered. Don’t wait until the summer heat hits—contact us today to schedule your AC service call.