Key Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Air Conditioner This Year

April 19, 2022

Before that summer heat kicks in, you need to start thinking about what your AC system needs before you turn it on and let it loose for the season.  There are important maintenance tasks that need to be done to ensure that your system can keep up with the brutal heat of summertime. Keep reading to learn more about air conditioner startup tips. 

Check the Indoor Equipment

Your AC system is composed of both indoor and outdoor elements. You will want to make a thorough inspection of your indoor elements first. This will include the thermostat, ductwork, vents and drain line. If there are any issues with any of these elements, get those taken care of ASAP. You will also want to make sure you have a fresh AC filter in place as well.

Check Outdoor Equipment

You should start with the outdoor condenser unit. There should be no blockages around the unit. Remove leaves, vines or other debris that could impair the function of your AC system.

Inspect the refrigerant lines. Your lines should be properly insulated. This will ensure the system works efficiently. It is important to note, that repairs to refrigerant lines must be done by a professional.  

You should also check outdoor wiring. There should be no wear or tearing on these wires. If there are signs of damage, call a professional for repair.

Call In Repairs

If your system is showing signs of damage or is in need of maintenance, you should call in the professionals before summer sets in. Once the hot weather arrives, AC service companies are swamped with service calls. Getting your system serviced ahead of time will ensure that you and your family are cool and comfortable all season long.

Is It Time to Retire Your Unit?

Remember, AC systems do not last forever. If you have an older unit, you need to be honest with yourself about when it needs replacement. Hanging onto an old, outdated system will cost you more in energy bills and repairs each month.

Turn On Your System

Once you have gone through the above-mentioned steps, it is time to turn on your system. Set the temps on the thermostat and click on. You will want to head outside to observe your compressor. The compressor should start running easily and should not make any loud noises.

Within 10 to 15 minutes, you should start to feel the indoor temp dropping to the desired level.

Use these spring air conditioner tips to help you get your system ready for summer. 

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