Coming off a winter that sometimes felt like summer and sometimes like Biblical flooding, spring arrives Thursday, March 20, with flowers blooming but little else guaranteed.
National Weather Service forecasters are hedging their bets. They say we are about as likely to have a warmer-than-average spring and summer as a cooler one. And even with the smattering of heavy rainfall California’s drought remains a choking presence.
For the period from July 1 to this week, meteorologists measured 8.5 inches less than the average amount of rain at a weather station at the Riverside Municipal Airport, said Stephen Harrison of the weather service.
“That’s pretty dramatically below normal,” Harrison said.
The cause was a high-pressure ridge that lingered off the Southern California coast from late December to late February, blocking ocean-dwelling moisture for nearly the entire winter.
Spring is finally here. Unfortunately, experts say it will be hotter than usual. With that in mind, it’s time to ask yourself: Is your air conditioning unit ready for warm weather or is it in dire need of a Rancho Cucamonga air conditioning expert’s attention? Just like your car, your air conditioner needs a regular tune-up to ensure that it operates at its peak level of performance. Here are three do-it-yourself tasks to ensure your A/C unit’s spring-readiness:
Replace the A/C filters
Replace the filters on your A/C once every month. Pick a date and make sure you never forget. Check the number on the filter in the unit, and buy the same size when the time comes to replace it.
Check for debris
After replacing the filter, go to the A/C’s external unit and check for obstructions in the system. Remove any leaves or debris caught in the grate, if there are any. Trim plants that may be blocking airflow to the unit, making sure that there’s a 2ft clear space around it.
Check the drain pan
Condensation occurs in an A/C unit when warm air hits the cooling coil. This condensation typically drains to a pan under the unit. If you’re A/C has a drain pan, you need to empty it as it gets full.
For the tasks that require a professional, Ontario air conditioning experts like Day Aire can provide you with the quality service you need.
(Source: WEATHER: Warmer-than-average spring predicted, The Press-Enterprise, Mar. 19, 2014)