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What To Do Before You Turn On Your AC This Spring

The first signs of spring are hitting the Midwest and we’re all ready for warm weather. But, before you turn on your AC for the season, take a few simple steps to keep it running for the long run.

There’s no better feeling than seeing the first signs of spring after a gray, chilly winter. And as the temperatures rise, tackling that spring to-do list is top-of-mind for homeowners everywhere.

One thing that should be on your to-do list is prepping your AC for warmer weather. But, before you switch it on, a few simple steps can help avoid problems later. Plus, it’s smart to know when your AC unit might need an upgrade, considering advancements in technology and concerns about old refrigerants.

Your Pre-Season AC Checklist

Before you crank up your AC for warm weather, taking a few simple steps can help you be sure your it is ready for action. Doing the following can help avoid breakdowns, increase efficiency, and keep your utility bills in check…

Clean or Replace Filters: Dirty filters can make your AC less efficient and cause damage. Before each season, replace them.

Check Thermostat Settings: Make sure your thermostat is set properly. Upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat can give you more control and save energy.

Clear Debris Around Outdoor Unit: Keep plants and debris away from the outdoor unit to maintain good airflow.

Clean Your Ductwork: Scheduling a duct cleaning every 3-5 years can help prevent bacteria and mold growth as well as clear your ductwork of dust, dirt, pet hair and dander, and other allergens.

Schedule Professional Maintenance: Hiring an HVAC technician for a seasonal tune-up seasonal tune-up can catch issues early and keep your AC in good shape.

Spring is also a good time to consider the age and efficiency of your current AC unit. Check for telltale signs that your air conditioner may need to be replaced before you get ready to rely on it during the summer months…

Signs Your AC Might Need An Upgrade

A well-maintained air conditioning unit can last up to 15 years or more. But, every home appliance has an expiration date. Here’s how to tell if your ac unit is nearing replacement age…

Age of the Unit: If it’s more than 10-15 years old, it might be time for a new one.

Frequent Repairs: If you’re always fixing it, a new unit might be more cost-effective.

Increased Energy Bills: Older units often use more energy. Upgrading could save you money in the long run.

Inconsistent Cooling: If it struggles to keep your home cool, is constantly running, or you experience hot and cold spots in your home, it might need replacing.

R-22 Refrigerant: Old refrigerants like R-22 are being phased out for environmental reasons. Consider upgrading to a newer unit that uses eco-friendly refrigerants.

Understanding Outdated Chemical Refrigerants

R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, harms the ozone layer and is being phased out worldwide. Upgrading to units that use eco-friendly refrigerants, is better for the environment and often more efficient.

Hello, Spring!

Getting your AC ready and knowing when it’s time to upgrade can save you money and keep you comfortable. Whether it’s basic maintenance, getting a new thermostat, or switching to a more eco-friendly model, investing in your AC system is worth it for comfort, savings, and the environment.

Be sure your first step this spring is getting your tune-up scheduled with the trusted team at Legacy. Check our Offers page for savings, updated monthly.

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