Cool Air for Spring? Do These 5 Things Before you turn your AC On
If this is the first time you turn the AC on all year, you should follow these 5 pieces of advice. Do this ensure you will get wonderful cool air for spring and summer heat.
Spring is here meaning homeowners and apartment dwellers will turn on the AC for the first time in a long while. The rising temps call for cool air especially with the expected, record heat on its way.
But, before the switch is flipped… do these things first!
Before the Flip: 5 AC To-Do’s for Cool Air
There’s no faster way for a stomach to drop than flipping the AC switch and nothing happens. Worse, unwittingly breaking the unit before the true, blistering heat bombards your location!
What are the 5 things to do when turning the AC on for the first time?
#1: Inspect and clean the unit
A lot of weathering has likely taken effect since the last time you used the unit.
For outside units:
Clear debris around the condenser during winter months including leaves, sticks, and grime. Remove the panels and inspect the coils and fan blades for damage or blockage. Clear the perimeter around its base, too. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
For inside units:
Open the unit and check for leakage or damage to the wiring. Use this time to remove and clean the coil filter to remove dust and debris. Wet a rag and wipe the unit down. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
#2: Check the unit’s power
Ensure the unit has power:
- Are the breakers flipped?
- Is the unit plugged in?
It’s easy to have forgotten you turned the unit off during winter months. This simple step is often overlooked, funny enough. Get the power on and verify by listening for the compressor to kick on. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
If the unit makes noise:
- Banging – The compressor may need replacing
- Clicking – The electrical components may be defective
- Buzzing – The unit may have loose parts
- Screaming – The compressor may have a leak (dangerous!)
If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
#3: Replace the air filter
Remove the air filter from its enclosure and take note of its measurements. Go buy a new air filter or retrieve one from storage. Replace the filter to prevent allergens and improve air quality in your home. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
Use this time to seal gaps in its enclosure. Doing so stops ambient air sucked into the system reducing the hot or cool air your unit provides. Either buy a better fitting air filter or check/replace weather stripping if it has a cover. A patch of metallic duct tape provides a quick fix, too. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
#4: Check and fix the ventilation
Get into crawl spaces and check for blockage or damage to ductwork. Locate and seal leaks using metallic foil tape where it’s needed. Else, apply duct mastic.
Check registers for openings or detachments and apply tape or mastic to these areas, too. If you are uncomfortable in doing this suggestion. Contact Chase Heating Company.
#5: Power It on
Verify and set the thermostat to a comfortable, cool air temperature. Switch the unit to ‘on’ with fans to ‘auto’. Listen for the unit to start working. Then, check the outside or indoor unit to verify they’re working properly.
AC on the Fritz? Call Us Today
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