Prepare AC system for hot summer

Prepare AC system for hot summer

Yes, it’s going to be hot again, so plan ahead to protect your family with smart air-conditioning maintenance.

You can find great tips from the Department of Energy at

Or call Lighthouse HVAC at (718) 568-7562.  We’re a locally owned company based in Brooklyn, and we will be glad to help you. We serve homes and businesses in New York City and Long Island.

Filters pay results

First, the most important maintenance task: replace or clean your air filters to maximize your system’s efficiency. When filters get dirty, they restrict airflow and significantly efficiency.

“In addition, when airflow is obstructed, air can bypass the filter and deposit dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%,” says the federal agency.

Clean those coils, too

The air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil may collect dirt, which reduces airflow and inhibits the coil from absorbing heat.

 over their months and years of service.

The coils in your outside unit also collect dirt, especially if the air is laden with particles or the foliage is too close. Cut shrubs if need to give the outside unit a clearance of at least two feet to allow adequate airflow.

Check condensate drain

To avoid clogs, periodically run a stiff wire through the condensate unit's drain channels. Clogged drains add to humidity and can discolor carpet or walls.

Beyond the basics

Sometimes you need a professional technician. Maybe your system is blowing hot air or it keeps turning off and on or it just won’t start.

Call Lighthouse. We’re available 24/7, and we carefully follow the DOE’s guidelines.

We monitor the refrigerant, solve leaks, measure airflow, check controls, inspect terminals, clean and tighten connections, oil motors and generally make sure small problems today don’t become major problems tomorrow.

With Lighthouse you get punctual, professional service from licensed, insured technicians. Call (718) 568-7562.