I know that many of you are in the process of “closing up shop” and relocating to your other homes up north for the summer season. And, I won’t be surprised if many of you leave earlier this year, because it’s been such a fluke winter that felt more like an endless summer. So, what’s an a/c guy to do with this knowledge? I’d like to highlight that your air conditioner is a major investment and that you can do a few things to protect that investment while you are gone.
If you haven’t had your system serviced in a while, it’s a good idea to have it checked before you leave. One of the most important parts of a system service is that its drain lines are cleared. If you have ever seen it rain in your living room or some other part of the house, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Backed up condensate in a system that hadn’t been cleaned in a while can cost you some major headaches, and not to mention money if it backs up while you are gone and no one is there to see it happen. System checks are inexpensive and it’s worth your time and a little bit of money to give yourself that bit of reassurance that everything is running smoothly.
Even though it seems like a good idea to shut our system off while you are away, because no one is there to appreciate the beauty of conditioned air, it’s best not to do that. Not running your a/c at all for even a few days at a time, can lead to excessive moisture build up and eventually – mold and other problems.
Another good thing to do is have a friend, neighbor or a home watch service check in on your property from time to time to make sure that everything is well.
If you need help or have any questions, you can always give me a call. I do wish you a safe and smooth trip back home and a great summer!
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com