Prepare Your AC for Summer

March 01, 2017


With warmer temps close by, now is the time to take a look at your air conditioner. When your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency, it can save a big amount off your energy bills! Likewise, if your air conditioning unit requires service, it could drastically raise your costs and cause unnecessary and life-shortening wear and tear on your system. Having your Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc expert complete air conditioning service at least yearly is critical to keeping your system working at its best for the long haul. He or she can ensure the unit is working correctly and can identify potential concerns before they happen, saving you even more money.

Your skilled air conditioning service should include, but is not limited to:

  • Replacement of, or cleaning of, air filters
  • Cleaning of condensate drain, blower components and condenser coil
  • Lubrication of all moving parts and tightening of electrical components
  • Performance of cooling cycle assessment

DIY Preparation

In addition to arranging your professional air conditioning service, there are things you can do now and periodically throughout the year to ensure your air conditioner is at peak performance.


  • Uncover your outdoor unit if you kept it covered during colder months. Using your AC with a cover, coil blanket or lid on it may damage your system and end with the need for big repairs or even replacement.
  • Pick up the area around your AC. Make sure there are no shrubs, weeds, flowers, etc. growing too close to your AC unit because they could inhibit airflow through your AC. Also be sure there aren’t piles of leaves or mulch blocking any piece of it.

Through the year:

  • While your filters may be cleaned or replaced during your expert air conditioning service, it’s important for you to check them every month and change them per the manufacturer’s suggestion. Each home has unique needs when dealing with air filter replacement, depending on factors like owning house pets or doing home construction during the year.

Having your ducts cleaned on a regular basis will also be sure your air conditioner is able to operate efficiently and will help you maintain a comfortable home. By following these simple, proactive steps, you’ll be doing everything you can to ensure your air conditioner will be prepared for whatever summer offers. Give the team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-301-0256.