Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late- Start Your Air Conditioner Before You Need It

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late-
Start Your Air Conditioner Before You Need It

If you wait until you need to use your air conditioner to turn it on for the first time of the season, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.  You may have a long wait on your hands if you have a problem with your air conditioner and you don’t discover it until the first hot day of the year.  You can even save money on your summer utility bills by starting your air conditioner properly the first time.  Energy.gov claims, “Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.”

Many heating and cooling companies experience a high volume of calls on the first hot day of the season.  People often forget all about their air conditioner until they need it to work.  Starting yours now, before you really need to, will help to save you from the heat and long lines should you discover that you have a problem.

Use the steps below as a guideline.  Always perform these steps with your air conditioning breaker switch set to “Off.”

• Uncover your air conditioning unit and remove all dust, dirt and debris inside and around the unit.  Make sure to remove the grill that covers the condenser fan and clean the blades and remove anything blocking airflow to the fan.

• Replace or clean the filter in your HVAC unit.

• Set your indoor breaker to the “On” position and note that it stays on.  If it breaks before the unit is turned on, there may be a short in your electrical system.  Call a qualified electrician to check into the problem.

• Set your thermostat to “Cool” and adjust the temperature down.  Make sure that the outdoor air conditioner unit is running and that the furnace fan is working.

• Check the refrigerant lines on the outdoor unit for frost.  If you see that your lines are freezing up, turn off your system and contact a qualified air conditioning repair technician.

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/maintaining-your-air-conditioner
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/before-turning-central-air-first-time-69714.html