Summers are getting hotter and you need your air conditioner working at full efficiency to keep up with these high temperatures. Your central AC is a big and complex appliance with different components that must work together to deliver optimal conditioning. You must ensure that each of these components is rightly prepared to do its part. What are some routine air conditioning maintenance and repair tasks that can prep your AC for the summer?

Check for Compressor Faults

The compressor is the heart of an AC unit. It keeps the refrigerant moving to collect heat from the house and dump it outside. Its motor should run smoothly. Listen out for an unusual sound from the motor. Check for wet patches around the compressor to identify leaks. Call an air conditioner contractor if you suspect the compressor is faulty.

Recalibrate a Faulty Thermostat

The thermostat senses when the temperature is beyond the desired point and communicates to the AC to kick in. It also tells it when to switch off. The thermostat could be faulty if the temperatures are getting too hot before the AC kicks in and then too cold before it switches off. You need an HVAC technician to recalibrate it.

Change Dirty Air Filters

There are more particles in the air in summer, including pollen and dust. The AC air filters should be clean to trap these particles and maintain good indoor air quality. Clogged air filters impede airflow and make air conditioners work harder, which reduces energy inefficiency. Ideally, change air filters at the beginning of each summer.

Fix Leaky Air Ducts

The ductwork delivers cool air to different spaces in the house. Sometimes an air duct can start leaking cool air, for example, after a puncture during a home renovation. You will notice weaker airflow in the house. Ask an HVAC technician to inspect the ductwork as part of routine maintenance.

Fix the Electrical Panel

The electrical panel is configured to handle a new air conditioning installation. With time, power demand can change as you add more household appliances to the home's electrical circuit. The HVAC unit is typically the biggest appliance in many homes. If it is faulty, you will notice flickering lights and tripping breakers. You should also reconfigure the electrical panel if you have upgraded the furnace or the condenser unit.

Are you worried about unexpected heat waves in the summer? Ask your HVAC contractor to get your air conditioner ready with these crucial air conditioning repairs.

For more information, contact a local air conditioner contractor today.