When the weather gets hot and muggy, many homeowners depend on their AC running smoothly to see them through the worst of the summer months. During the hottest days of summer, it can be hard to shut off your AC even for a second. That’s why it’s so important to keep your AC running at its best by practicing the proper maintenance. An air conditioning unit can mean the difference between nights of deep sleep and relaxation and horrible tossing and turning in the early morning hours. If you’re trying to keep your HVAC system in the best possible condition for the summer months, here are a few tips.

Don’t Wait Until June

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make with their AC systems is to wait until the dead middle of summer to get their unit fixed or looked at. While it might not seem to make sense to wait until early December to make the call to Arundel Cooling and Heating to fix your unit, it’s actually the smarter thing to do. Being repaired way in advance of summer when it comes to your AC is the best possible way to prevent damage and issues popping up when you need your unit most. Try to schedule an appointment far in advance of May or June to have technicians take a look at your unit and make sure everything is tuned up.

Check for Loose Parts

If you’re hearing a certain sound when you turn on your AC, such as clanking, hissing, or banging, you’re going to need to do a bit of looking into it at home. When it comes to AC units, each sound means something different, and anything out of the ordinary should never be ignored. If you hear a clanking or banging, it’s possible that you have a small piece broken off in your machine that’s affecting its ability to do its job. It could also signify loose pipes rubbing together. Sometimes a sound coming from your AC could even mean something dangerous for you and your home, like rising pressure inside your machine. Don’t take a chance when you hear strange noises coming from your AC. Call a professional at once.

Clean the Filter

If your machine is a standard wall unit, it will come with a small, Styrofoam-like filter separating the main fan from the vents. This should be cleaned semi-regularly to make sure it doesn’t get covered in gunk and starts to pollute your air or affect your AC’s ability to function. All you need to do is manually remove it and, using your hand or a gentle brush, remove the dirt and dust from the filter before putting it back. If it’s too dirty to clean, purchase a replacement filter at your local hardware store.

Make Sure There are No Leaks

Sometimes, if you’re hearing a buzzing or hissing sound, it’s a solid indicator that your AC’s airflow is leaking, either through the ducts in your walls or through the machine itself. In either case, this is a dangerous situation and should be addressed at once. Turn off your AC immediately and call a professional to come take a look.