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As Summer Winds Down, Pay Close Attention to Your AC

tools-on-ac-unitAlthough your air conditioning has performed well through a long summer, it’s important to monitor the quality and performance of your AC as the season ends. Even if you get annual maintenance, it’s common for the scorching temperatures of summer to have impacted your air conditioning system. It’s always a good idea to have a routine check-up at the end of the summer to prevent future breakdowns. We can help! Our team at Johansen & Anderson Inc. has experience with all types of Bolingbrook, IL AC repair and routine maintenance.

AC Issues to Look for at the End of the Summer

Old Air Filters

In a perfect world, you would replace your air filter regularly but it’s very easy to forget to do this. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air reaching your home. Specific model instructions vary, but you should replace your AC filter at least once a month during the summer. If you live in a home with a lot of inhabitants, pets, or individuals with allergies you should stay on top of the state of your air filter. Even if you haven’t been consistent replacing your air filter, it’s never too late to start. Changing your air filter on a regular basis is one way that you can help maintain your AC system without the aid of a professional. It’s easy, quick, and cost-effective.

Dirty Outdoor Units

Summer is a season where you spend more time outdoors entertaining, grilling, or just cooling off in your backyard. It’s normal for the increased activity in this area to expose your outdoor unit to more debris, dirt, and encroaching vegetation, all of which can decrease airflow. The end of the summer is a great time to cut back foliage that has grown too close to your outdoor unit.

A good gauge is that anything growing in the area should be at least a foot away from the unit. It’s also important to check your coils for excessive amounts of dirt, leaves, or grass to ensure that you’re getting the best performance from your air conditioning. Your unit uses refrigerant to absorb heat from your home, transfer this heat to your outdoor unit, and release the heat. If your unit is overcrowded it will struggle to perform the cooling process. If you’re not sure how thorough to be with this process, a tech can come to perform a routine maintenance for you.

Odd Sounds

Your motor is the main part of your AC system working hard to cool your home. Summer is a busy season for your AC, so it’s common for your motor to have incurred wear and tear during the hotter months. This is a problem that is more common in older units. A sign that your motor may go out is an odd humming sound coming from the system — this is a sign that the fan motor is struggling to perform.

Schedule an end of the season check-up for your AC system and get preventative maintenance done on your furnace at the same time. As we head into these fall months, it’s wise to get AC or furnace repairs done all at once so you’re toasty this winter and prepared for next summer.

Get in Touch with Us for Assistance

If you need help with repair or maintenance on your HVAC system, our team Johansen and Anderson Inc. can assist. We’ve been in business since 1946 and have decades of experience providing reliable AC service in the northern Illinois area.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians today.

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