When record temperatures hit in Big Lake, TX, you need your air conditioner to keep your household comfortable. These five spring maintenance tips will get your system ready to perform at its peak when the temperature climbs.

1. Change Your Air Filter

The most important routine maintenance task for your air conditioner is to regularly check and change your air filter. In most cases, you’ll only need to change the filter every three months. However, plan to check it monthly and consider vacuuming off the intake side to help extend its lifespan and efficiency.

2. Prepare Your Outdoor Unit

Before you start using your air conditioner, there are a few tasks to complete for your outdoor unit. If you have a cover on it, be sure to take it off and store it for the summer. Then, gently clean the outside of the unit, and make sure there’s plenty of clearance around it.

3. Test Your System

It’s always a good idea to test your system on a warm day in the spring to make sure it’s working. Be on the lookout for any signs of trouble, including odd sounds, problems cycling, lack of airflow, or inadequate cooling. If you notice any of these, schedule an AC repair before you need to depend on your system in the summer heat.

4. Clean Registers and Vents

Your registers and vents give you a good indication of the condition of your system. Be sure to wipe off the outside of all your registers and vents. If you notice a collection of dust, it may be time for a deeper system cleaning.

5. Schedule Professional Spring Maintenance

One of the best things you can do to prepare your system for the summer is a spring tune-up. During this visit, a technician will clean the components that tend to collect airborne contaminants. They will also test, inspect and tighten your system to ensure it’s operating at peak efficiency.

Your system can only be as ready as you have made it for the summer heat. Call us at Bowles Heating and Cooling to schedule your spring maintenance. You’ll rest easy when a heatwave arrives, knowing your air conditioner is in good working order.

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