There’s no better feeling than putting the cold winter weather in the past and inviting the warm summer air with open arms. But of course, it won’t be long before temperatures reach “AC level” highs.

Rather than wait until the last minute, it’s good practice to schedule a spring AC tune-up inspection with a qualified professional or tackle the task on your own. Here are seven things you need to do:

1. Clear debris from the outdoor unit

Since you last used your air conditioner — which was probably last summer or fall — it’s safe to assume that some debris accumulated around the outdoor unit. This can include everything from sticks to leaves to trash.

Take a few minutes to carefully clear debris from the outdoor unit and surrounding area.

2. Inspect the outdoor unit for damage

You never know when your outdoor unit could suffer damage. There are many culprits, ranging from pests to debris to the environment. If you see anything that looks strange — such as rust or a chewed wire — take immediate action.

3. Replace the HVAC filter

Although the HVAC filter is located in your furnace, it still plays a big part in keeping your air conditioner running efficiently. If you haven’t replaced it in the last three months, take the time to do so before firing up your AC for the season.

Tip: it never hurts to start the season off with a fresh filter, even if it was recently installed.

4. Have your ducts cleaned

This isn’t something you have to do, but it can make your home much more comfortable during the spring and summer months.

Cleaning your ducts removes dust, debris, and allergens. If you opt against a professional cleaning, all of these things have the potential to aggravate your allergies.

5. Check for air leaks

This is one of the many reasons to hire a professional. Most people don’t have the knowledge or equipment to check for air leaks, so they simply hope for the best. But if you hire an HVAC professional, they can examine your home for any leaks allowing cool air to escape.

6. Test the air conditioner

This is the big test. You turn your air conditioner on with hopes that it performs as expected. Start by checking your vents to ensure that cool air is reaching every corner of your home. Also, set your thermostat to ensure that it’s working as intended.

7. Keep a close eye on its performance

Carefully monitor your air conditioner’s performance for the first few days. Is it cooling your home as expected? Do you hear any loud noises coming from the condenser? Is your thermostat regulating the temperature?

When you take the right steps this spring, you’ll feel more confident in your AC’s ability to keep you cool all summer long. Contact us online or via phone at (617) 288-2911 to schedule a spring AC tune-up and inspection. One of our experienced techs will inspect your system, answer your questions, and make any necessary repairs.