There is a time in between summer ending and fall beginning that you have a chance to say goodbye to your AC system. During this time, you want to ensure that your air conditioner is still up for keeping you comfortable until fall has completely arrived and is ready for next year. To do this, your unit needs to undergo air conditioning maintenance. Here are a few things that you need to do.
Inspect the System Thoroughly
The air conditioning system experienced heavy use throughout the summer months, so it is important that you pay close attention to any strange noises that you may hear, including hissing, ticking, or rattling. There also shouldn't be any unusual odors, which could be indicative of mildew. If you fail to address these smells immediately, the moisture will remain trapped inside over the winter, which will continue to exacerbate the issue. If you notice any water dripping around the tubing or built-up condensation, get in touch with a professional immediately.
Adjust the Thermostat
As the temperatures begin to cool down outside, you will need to adjust the system's thermostat accordingly. Determine a temperature that everyone in the home is comfortable with. Making this adjustment will not only save you money, but it will also help you ensure that the system is functioning properly. If you don't already have one, you may want to consider having a programmable or smart thermostat installed, which will allow the air conditioning system to automatically adjust to pre-determined settings or the most efficient temperature.
Schedule a Preventative Inspection
Even if it appears that your air conditioning system is in proper working order, this is the perfect time of year to get preventative maintenance on the calendar. Your air conditioner will be in hibernation throughout the winter, which will be for several months, and the preventative maintenance that it undergoes now can actually help extend its lifespan in the long run. Plus, you will be one step ahead when spring rolls around next year and you need to start using your air conditioner again.
These are just a few of the things that you can do when summer ends to ensure that your air conditioner is safe throughout the winter and ready when spring arrives next year. For more information on the steps you can take, get in touch with an air conditioning maintenance service in your area and schedule an appointment.