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7 Steps to Follow Before Turning On the AC


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When summer comes, the heat hits with full force.  When it gets hot in our home, it’s time to turn on our air conditioning units for comfortable, cooler temperature.  However, the AC unit has sat idle all winter long and might be in need of repairs before it can efficiently cool the home.  Here are seven step to follow before turning on the AC unit this summer to ensure it will work efficiently all summer long.

Look Over Inside Equipment for Obvious Flaws

Give your AC unit, ductwork, and thermostat a once-over to look for wear and tear.  Check the thermostat to be sure it turns on and is working properly.  If you have an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient product for energy savings.  Repair or replace air ducts that show signs of wear and tear to also increase efficiency.  Be sure air vents around the home are clear of debris.  Remove anything such as furniture or drapes that could block airflow.

Change the Air Filter

Before turning on the AC, be sure to check the air filter and replace if necessary.  It is recommended that you change the air filter every three months.  Changing the air filter before turning on your AC for the summer is always a good idea to be sure you have proper air flow all summer long. 

Look Over Electrical Connections

Look over wiring and hookups to be certain there is power to the AC unit.  You want to be careful to check that all wiring is securely attached and that the AC unit has power to it so it will power on when you are ready to use it.

Check the Drain Line

Check the AC drain line for debris or clogs that may have occurred during the winter months.  Rinse out the drain line to clear blockage.  A clogged AC line can cause significant damage to a home.  Clogs cause water to back up, and since that water has to go somewhere, it will leak out and cause water damage.  Avoid costly repairs by checking that the drain line is clear each year before firing up the AC unit.

Inspect Outside Equipment

After you are sure everything in the inside of the home is working properly, move to the outside of the home and focus on the unit itself.  Again, check electrical wiring outside for wear and tear.  Refrigerant lines are an important part of cooling a home, so give them a once over.  These lines should be properly insulated to keep the air cool and improve the efficiency of your unit. 

Check the Condenser

The condenser is another area where debris can accumulate and cause a blockage.  Clear any debris from the condenser and clean the unit.  Anything that blocks the condenser will affect the performance of the AC unit.  Ensure that all panels are accounted for as missing panels can lead to poor electrical connections. 

Evaluate the Life of the AC Unit

If you have followed all the steps above and have had yearly maintenance check-ups and repairs, but still feel your AC unit isn’t functioning at full capacity, then it may be time to consider replacing and upgrading your unit. Newer units will run more efficiently and are more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly electric bills.  Contact a reliable ac repair technician to find out more about how installing a new AC unit can improve your air flow and lower your costs.

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