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Preparing Your Air Conditioning for Summer

As the warmer months approach, ensuring your air conditioning system is in top shape is crucial for staying cool and comfortable. At Pomona Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of having a reliable cooling system during the summer. This guide will walk you through the steps to prepare your air conditioning for the heat, with expert tips on maintenance, repair, and when to consider replacement.

Routine Air Conditioning Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the key to the longevity and efficiency of your air conditioning system. Before the summer season, it’s important to check a few key components to ensure everything functions properly. 

  • Check and Replace Your Air Filters: One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your air conditioning system is to check and replace the air filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency, making your unit work harder and consume more energy. For optimal performance, replace your filters every 1-3 months, especially during high-usage months.
  • Inspect the Condenser Unit: The outdoor condenser unit is crucial for effectively cooling your home. Make sure it’s free of debris, such as leaves, dirt, and grass clippings, which can obstruct airflow and reduce the unit’s efficiency. Gently clean the coils with a garden hose, being careful not to bend the delicate fins.
  • Check the Coolant Lines: The refrigerant lines running from the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside should be well insulated to maintain efficiency. Check these lines for any signs of wear or leaks, and replace the insulation if necessary.

Troubleshooting Common AC Problems

Even with regular maintenance, air conditioners can experience issues. Here are some common AC problems and troubleshooting tips:

  • AC Stopped Working: If your AC unit suddenly stops working, first check your thermostat settings and circuit breaker. If the system still isn’t operating, it may be a more serious issue like a blown fuse or a tripped breaker.
  • AC Stopped Blowing Cold Air: If your AC is running but not cooling, it might be due to a clogged filter, insufficient refrigerant, or issues with the compressor. 
  • AC Compressor Repair: The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system, and issues here can be complex. Symptoms of compressor problems can include strange noises, hard starting, or not starting at all. 

For any issues beyond basic troubleshooting, it’s advisable to contact professionals like Pomona Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning. Handling refrigerants and electrical components can be hazardous without proper training and equipment.

When to Consider Air Conditioner Replacement

Sometimes, repairing an old air conditioner might not be the most cost-effective solution. Here are several signs that you might need a replacement:

  • Age of Your AC: If your air conditioner is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement, especially if it requires frequent repairs.
  • Increasing Energy Bills: Older units tend to be less efficient. If you notice a steady increase in your energy bills during the summer months, it might be due to an inefficient AC that needs replacing.
  • Frequent Repairs: If you frequently need AC compressor repairs or other services, it might be more economical in the long run to invest in a new unit.
  • Performance Issues: If your AC can’t keep up with your home’s cooling demands or is delivering inconsistent temperatures, upgrading to a newer model might be the best option.

Installation and Replacement Services

At Pomona Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, we specialize in air conditioning installation and replacement services. Whether you need a new installation or a replacement for an outdated system, our team of skilled technicians is here to ensure a smooth, efficient service tailored to your needs. We offer a range of high-quality, energy-efficient air conditioning systems to keep you cool while reducing energy costs.

Preparing your air conditioning system for summer doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right maintenance, timely repairs, and professional advice from Pomona Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, you can ensure that your home stays cool and comfortable all season long. For more information on our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Your comfort is our priority!

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