Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

Josh Savage with Hero Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling shares tips on getting your AC ready for the summer (3:39) WCCO 4 Saturday Morning - April 10, 2021

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- This time of year, Minnesota weather can be a bit of a roller coaster. To say the least earlier this week, we hit the 80s, many probably turned on their air conditioner.

Today, we are joined by Josh Savage with Hero Plumbing, Heating and, Cooling. Good morning, Josh. Good to see you. Let's start off with what should people know about doing sooner than later to get ready for air conditioning season.

- Well, good morning. This time of year, the snow is gone, the rain is coming. People are starting working in their yards. And it's a great time of year to look at your outdoor air-conditioning system as long as you're out there.

Making sure that your landscaping is cleared away, truce, and then take your garden hose just wash down the unit from the top down and try and get as much as possible. Now, every two to three years, you should do deep clean with chemicals. And typically a contractor does that because there's a little bit of disassembly work on that.

- Good to know. Is there anything Josh while you're out there checking out the unit that you should look for, in particular, perhaps signs that you might need a new air conditioner?

- Yeah. So if last-- if your system is maybe over is if it's over that 10 to 15 year mark, let's get a little bit older. If you've had repairs and starting to add up in past years.

And the big thing is, if you start-- if you have an older refrigerant inside your system, it's an ozone depleting refrigerant, that's no longer available. And that would make the repairs very expensive.

And so those repairs start to get more expensive than the overall value that the unit still has left in it. That's when it makes sense to really seriously consider looking at a newer more efficient system.

- What else should people consider when they're looking at their central area unit? Some things that they should know just to kind of keep it working properly.

- Yeah. So some of the big things is-- is that a lot of people forget that their furnace has a filter in it. And just because their furnace isn't heating the house through your conditioning season, it is still circulating air through the system through a filter.

And so making sure you-- It's a great time of year just to put the first filter out to get down to the hardware store match it up. Get a 10 pack and put it one it. Because all the air from your entire house is filtered through here.

And so it keeps it clean for your family to breathe. But it also keeps it clean for your mechanical system inside your furnace. And if this gets blocked up, what's going to happen is you're not going to circulate enough air through the system, and the air conditioning system can start to freeze up in that form, and then you won't have any air conditioning on that end. And so it's an easy way to prevent a repair call. It's just fast.

- Have you been busy, Josh, with repair calls, whether it's people using their units a little bit more because they're inside a lot more these days with COVID, or wanting to just kind of make those upgrades since they are spending so much time indoors?

- Well, the heating season or the air conditioning systems come a little bit earlier this year as far as things are starting to warm up. People have already used air conditioning in their calls.

But we've noticed since COVID is that people's homes are their castles. It's a place that they feel safe, and it's really important to them it's even more important today than it was a couple years ago to feel comfortable and safe inside your own home and making sure the system both reliable and heat clean their home in a way that makes them comfortable is more important than ever before.

- Good to know. Josh, thank you so much. That's really helpful information.