Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring in progress and summer imminent, it’s time to prep all aspects of our lives for the warmer weather, and that also means our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be contemplating how you will stay cool this season in Chicago. The greatest way to make sure that you will have a comfortable summer is by turning on your system now, before it gets too hot and you find that you need air conditioner repairs. Here are a couple of tricks to make sure your system, and your house, is ready for the heat: Try it out now! It really is better to give your system a test run as soon as you can. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down on the most blistering day of the year and make your home uncomfortable. Instead, setting your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be an excellent check that can save you a lot of future trouble. Make sure that cool air is moving into your home, and if it’s not, here are a handful of things to inspect before calling the experts at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made regularly, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be blowing. Simple issue, simple solution! Check the unit outside. Double check to see if there are any blockages around your system, such as plants or dirt, that can block your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. As always, this step is critical to refining the work of your air conditioning system. With sanitary and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an easier environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve worked things out – your system is set to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the specialists if there are complications. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyway, so now is the ideal time to check up on every piece of your system before the heat hits. The specialists at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning will not only repair the current problem at hand, but they will also tackle any small possible future issues that could turn into bigger concerns later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling easily, your system might be lacking refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you observed that ice was forming when you inspected your outdoor unit, that may be an indicator that you need more refrigerant. Throughout an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone depends on their air conditioner to get them through the summer and it can be easy to ignore how important your system is to your summer relaxation. Don’t agonize about your air conditioner shutting down and instead, be practical about checking and servicing your system before the heat wave hits. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that regular air conditioner service, call our professionals at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment with us online.