How to Prepare Your AC for Constant Use

A male repairman fixing a wall AC unit while a woman watches

Getting Ready for Warm Weather

As the cold subsides and the sun begins to show its strength, there are things you can do to prepare. No, this doesn’t involve packing the car for the beach but rather how to create a comfortable environment at home.

Unfortunately, we can’t just flip the thermostat to cool and have everything work perfectly. There is some preparation involved in getting your AC ready to be continuously used over the warmer months. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best performance out of your AC this year.

Time for Spring Cleaning

If you do nothing else to get your AC ready, clean or replace your air filters. These are quite literally the gateway to clean, cool air. Filters remove particles that you don’t want inside your home, like dust, debris, dirt, and more.

If you struggle with allergies, take this time to upgrade to a stronger filter. HEPA filters are some of the top-graded filters on the market and help reduce harmful particles in your indoor air.

Similarly, your outdoor AC unit is exposed to the elements and needs occasional cleaning to work properly. Clean out any foreign objects that may be interfering with the unit.

Check All Areas of the System

Inspect all your HVAC system elements to make sure nothing is out of place when you eventually will need it. When inspecting your system, safety comes first. Turn off the AC from the circuit breaker before reaching around inside. If you notice a glaring issue, call in a professional to take a look.

Start with the outside unit, making sure that there is no debris inside. If you can, cut back any trees or bushes that may hang over the unit. Make sure all the pieces are intact and nothing is bent or broken. Wipe down the machine and clean out the inside, as we stated earlier. Check the wiring outside the unit to make sure it is intact and there are no frays or bite marks from local wildlife.

Then go inside and check your ductwork where it is visible or safe to access. If there are any wear or openings, get them fixed by an HVAC professional as soon as possible. Leaks from ductwork contribute to energy losses that could cost you more money on your monthly bills.

Similarly, make sure no vents are blocked by furniture, toys, or other items. This reduces your system’s ability to cool your home, causing it to work harder and cost you more.

Also, check your thermostat to make sure the cooling and fan functions are operational.

Get Your Annual Maintenance Done

Now is the perfect time to get annual maintenance performed by your local HVAC professional. A maintenance checkup will ensure any lingering issues are taken care of before the intense heat of summer.

When you get your AC looked at by a pro, they will make sure all elements are connected and working properly. They’ll also check for any leaks, broken wires, and dirty filters. During the examination, they’ll also look at your thermostat. The technician will also check the coils to make sure the unit is absorbing heat properly. This is what allows the conditioner to create cold air to distribute around your home.

Get Your AC Prepped for Summer

The professionals at All Fresh Temp Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to serve you and get your AC ready for San Jose’s hot weather. Call us today at for more information or to schedule an ac repair or install service appointment.