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Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer: What You Need to Know

The favorable temperatures of spring are here — and before we know it, the dog days of summer will be, too! Whether it struggles to pump out cool air or refuses to kick on at all, the last thing you want to encounter on the first hot day of summer is a malfunctioning air conditioner. From replacing filters to performing a few minor checks, there are several steps you can take now that will get your air conditioner ready for the summer. As one of the leading providers of air conditioning services in Fayetteville, NC, we’ve put together this guide on what to keep in mind when preparing your air conditioner for the warmer days ahead. We have solid local reviews from residents in Cumberland County, be sure to read them and consider working with us.

Clean or Replace Filters

Among the most straightforward yet essential steps is cleaning or replacing your filters. Most systems have a replaceable or reusable filter in the air-handler cabinet — typically located inside of or close to the air inlet side. Some systems employ air filters in the return-air registers inside the home. Clean or replace all return-air, furnace, or air-handler filters at least twice a year or whenever they begin to look clogged with dust. By neglecting this step, airflow will be restricted, efficiency will take a hit, and your indoor air quality will be impacted.

Clean Your AC’s Condenser Coils

Your AC unit’s outdoor condenser coil has a tough job in warm weather. It takes the concentrated heat taken from within your home and dumps it into the hot, outdoor air. To move the collected heat in this way, your condenser coil has to stir lots and lots of air. If it’s dirty or if plants or other outdoor objects are too close to the unit, the fan in the outdoor coil cannot produce the amount of air needed for peak performance. This ultimately raises the cost of electricity and shortens the lifespan of your outdoor condensing unit.

To begin cleaning the condenser coils, remove the side and top panels from the condenser unit and lift off the top. Using a refrigerator coil brush or a soft brush on a vacuum, clean the coils from the outside of the unit; then, vacuum coils from the inside. Be careful not to bend delicate fins or damage the coils.

Clean and Clear Debris

Scoop leaves and debris from the base of the condenser and, if there’s a drain, ensure it is clear as well. Clean the blower’s fan blades with a vacuum or rag and clean up any excess water inside the unit. When everything is cleared and cleaned, reassemble the condenser.

Check Coolant Lines

Refrigerant tubes run from your AC’s evaporator on the air handler to the outside condenser. These lines or pipes are typically covered with a foam coolant line insulation; check to see if there are areas wherein this insulation is frayed or missing. If these sorts of areas are present, replace it with new foam insulation sleeves.

Contact the Pros to Get Your Air Conditioning System Ready for Summer

When you need it the most, you don’t want your central air conditioning unit to work harder than it has to. While there are measures you can take on your own, it pays to partner with HVAC service technicians to handle everything for you. Whether you need maintenance, suspect you need repairs, or are considering full-on replacement, turn to no other than our team! For more information about our full suite of offerings — including HVAC maintenance plans in Fayetteville, NC — contact us today.

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Bill H.
My heat pump went out Sunday Night during this current heat wave. Monday morning, I called Gore Heating and Air and told them my problem. They told me that they would send someone out that afternoon. The Owner, Nicholas Gore came out after 5 PM. Gore Heating and Air had installed my current heat pump 22 yrs ago. Nicholas was honest and told me that he could fix it, but couldn't guarantee how long it would last because it is 22 yrs old. I am going to have a new heat pump installed on Friday. Gore Heating and Air has great customer service and is honest and dependable. Thank you Nicholas for the great service.Update: This morning l, Sean & Jalil came out and installed our new heat pump. They were very professional and did an excellent job. Now our whole house is cool again. For the past week, we had been surviving on 2 window units. Thank you Sean & Jalil for the Great Job!!! Thank you Gore Heating & Air for the excellent service. I have been a long time customer of theirs for many years and will highly recommend them to anybody.
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Nicholas was very professional & well spoken young man. He explained how the coils are leaking & what the options are to fix it. He explained that he added 3 lbs of coolant to help it work better, while we wait for new coils. We decided to replace the coil system. We appreciate Nicholas & Gore Heating & Air Conditioning. They responded very quickly to our AC issue.We highly recommend Nichlolas & Gore.
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Jenny E.
Josh from Gore Heating & Air did a preventive maintenance check on my HVAC units. He found (and fixed) a minor problem that could have become much bigger if the fix was not done. He was also pleasant and friendly, and he explained everything he was doing. He was even nice to my very excitable Jack Russell terrier!
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Such a great experience! I was walked through what was being done and they fixed my AC quickly and the same day I called! Thank you so much for savin me from this heat!
He could not resolve my issue, but he was a good guy.
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Ethan came and did what was needed to do for our spring maintenance schedule. We appreciate all Gore does to keep us seasonally comfortable.
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