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End of Summer Air Conditioning Tips

What To Do Before Autumn Hits

home cooling tips connecticutThere are just weeks left to the summer season. And it’s been a scorcher. We’ve seen some of the hottest days on record in Connecticut! That means your AC has had to work really hard to keep your family cool and comfortable. And all that hard work may have taken a toll. How you treat your AC now will help determine what kind of shape it’s in when you need it again next summer.

Your End of Summer AC Checklist

Hot and humid summers like the one we’ve had in Connecticut this year put a big strain on cooling systems (especially if they’re older). Now is a good time to check for wear and tear and make sure your AC will be primed and ready to go when next summer rolls around.

Here are five things to do before the summer ends to care for your central air conditioning system:

  1. Replace the air filter. Hopefully this is something you’ve been doing regularly throughout the summer. Changing your air filters on a consistent basis is an easy and cost-effective way to help your air conditioner perform better. Change them again now before the start of heating season. This is especially important if you have a combined heating/cooling HVAC system.
  2. Clean around the outdoor unit. Make sure nothing is blocking the airflow. Clear away bushes, grass, nests, leaves etc.
  3. Clean and clear the coils and condensate line. This is best done by a professional as part of a maintenance visit. Jennings Oil & Propane provides expert AC maintenance and repairs. We’ll make sure that your AC is in good working order so that there are no unpleasant surprises in the future. Regular professional maintenance is the best way to prevent breakdowns and keep your AC running as efficiently as possible. And having an efficient cooling system will lower your energy costs.
  4. Check for problems. Look for any obvious frayed wires or rust. Listen for unusual sounds. If you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, contact Jennings Oil & Propane to request a service visit. Other things to look out for at the end of the summer season are refrigerant leaks and frozen coils.
  5. Schedule a tune-up. Especially if you didn’t get maintenance for your AC during the spring or early summer, you should do it now. End of summer or early autumn is an ideal time to schedule maintenance for your AC. Getting a tune-up now puts you in great shape for next summer. There’s no advantage to doing it now, as tune-ups don’t expire. And if there is an issue with your AC, it’s best to discover and address it now versus next spring or summer. If your AC needs significant repairs or replacement, better to start the process now and have plenty of time to order parts even if supply chain issues slow things down.

Maintenance Matters

The best thing to do before autumn is to schedule a maintenance visit for your AC. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your home’s cooling system. It could also save you up to 10% on your energy bills. When you schedule a maintenance visit with Jennings Oil & Propane, one of our experts will test, assess, clean, and lubricate your central air conditioning system so that you won’t have to wonder if it will work for you next summer.

If your central air conditioning system is past a certain age and just isn’t able to efficiently cool your home anymore, one of our technicians will let you know it’s time for an upgrade. Don’t worry, you’re still in good hands. Jennings Oil & Propane also handles sales and installations. We can even help you find discounts and a financing solution that meets your needs.

So whether you’re AC needs to be replaced, repaired, or just maintained, Jennings Oil & Propane can handle it.

Get Comfortable with Jennings Oil & Propane

Jennings Oil & Propane has more than 80 years of experience providing excellent service to our customers in parts of Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties in Connecticut.

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a maintenance visit for your central air conditioning system