March 11, 2019 10:35am

his past weekend we “sprung ahead” to daylight saving time which means spring and summer in Northeast Ohio will be here before you know it

The temperature will start rising and tenants will start to turn on the air conditioning (a/c units in their apartments. As a landlord this is time to start preparing those units for another season. Don’t wait until your tenants are calling on a 90-degree day with 70% humidity that the a/c units are not working, and a tech cannot get there for 48 hours. While we're not an apartment building that’s what happened to our office in 2017.

Inspect the outdoor unit panels (make sure the power is off) to ensure they are intact and protecting the external electrical connections of the system.

Repair or replace any pipe insulation on the suction line. This may become damaged due to dry rot, dampness or animals chewing on it.

Clean the Condenser: Coils get dirty from being out in the elements all year long. Make sure the condenser fins are in good shape when cleaning the coil. If slightly bent, fins can be straightened with a special comb. These actions will let the condenser be more efficient in rejecting heat absorbed by the evaporator.

Check Lubricant: Check the lubricant level, and if needed replace the lubricant with the lubricant specified by the manufacturer. Poor quality lubricants or using oils with an incorrect viscosity can prematurely break down causing metal on metal contact. This can lead to a catastrophic failure.

These relatively simple items can increase the lifespan of the unit providing you cash flow that does not have to be spent on capital expenditures. If you are looking for a Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent to help you look to improve your cash flow by controlling expenditures and reducing the risk of loss at your rental properties contact The Richey-Barrett Co..

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