We are in the middle of spring and we do hope that you are enjoying the perfect weather. Before you know it, the thermostat is going to hit the high 80s and 90s and if your air conditioning unit goes out at your home, you are going to be quite miserable.

There are a few tasks you can complete on your own when it comes to maintaining your air conditioner. William Raveis Stowe Real Estate Agency, your Vermont realtors, offers this handy air conditioning unit checklist that will help ensure a cool summer.

Check the Thermostat

Make sure that your thermostat is properly working. You might think you have a problem with your AC, but it could be the thermostat.

Make sure you have the thermostat setting on cool. If your thermostat is old, you might want to consider replacing it with a programmable thermostat. Better still, you can replace it with a smart thermostat and control the temperature of your home through an app on your smartphone.

Check the Belts

The belts in your air conditioning unit aren’t built to last forever, they will crack, split dry out and break. You don’t want to wait until a belt breaks before replacing it, you need to be proactive.

Check the belts for obvious signs of wear and change them out when cracks appear.

Replace the Filter

Changing out the filter in your HVAC system is one of the easiest tasks you will ever do, it is also the least expensive. Yet, so many people fail to do this.

Changing the filter improves indoor air quality, improves the output of your AC unit and will give your AC unit a longer life.

Clean It Up

Your outdoor air conditioning unit needs to breathe, just like you. There should be a minimum of five feet between the AC unit and any trees or shrubbery you might have. If there are tree branches or shrubs sneaking up on your AC unit, grab clippers and get bust trimming them down.

You also need to clear out any leaves and other debris inside and around your AC unit as this can cause problems.

Air Leaks

Ducts can lose up to 30 percent of airflow through leaks. Light incense and hold it near duct connection to see if you can spot any leaks. Sealing these leaks will ease the burden of your AC unit and will save you money on energy costs. Leaks in your ductwork are easily sealed with foil tape.

Check Wiring

We get it, you are not an electrician. That’s fine, you can still check the wiring and other components.

Turn the power off to the AC unit and inspect the wiring, you are looking for any wires that are frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. If you spot some, call your HVAC service and have them replace the wiring.

You can also check any electrical connections to ensure they are tight.

Owning a home is a big responsibility, but well worth it. Give William Raveis Real Estate a call.