Steps for Inspection Before You Turn on Your Air Conditioner

Steps for Inspection Before You Turn on Your Air ConditionerIs your air conditioner ready for heavy summer use? Pre-season prep is essential before moderate spring weather transitions to hot summer days to make sure you don’t end up hot around the collar waiting on emergency air conditioning service. Get your system ready for heavy use in the days ahead, ensuring comfort all season long.

Steps for Inspection Before Turning on Your Air Conditioner 

  1. Clean the (outdoor) condenser unit.

Clear the area surrounding all sides of your condenser unit of debris and vegetation. Anything that blocks airflow surrounding your system can negatively impact performance and efficiency. Anything that makes its way into internal components can also damage your system.

  1. Verify the condition of the refrigerant line insulation.

Any lines not completely insulated must be repaired by professional air conditioning companies.

  1. Inspect wiring.

Look for signs of damaged or disconnected wiring, addressing problem areas before turning on your air conditioner.

  1. Check the power switch.

Start at the main power switch outside your home, making sure your air conditioning system is turned on.

  1. Check the circuit breakers.

Circuit breakers should be in the ON position.

  1. Inspect drain lines.

Make sure your drain lines aren’t dirty or clogged. If things aren’t looking so good, contact your local air conditioning service pro to have the lines professionally cleaned.

  1. Examine ductwork.

Look for cracks and disconnections in exposed ductwork throughout your home that could cause loss of airflow and cooling efficiency. Have these professionally repaired now to ensure comfort and energy-efficient performance throughout the summer season.

  1. Change your home air filter.

Starting with a new air filter at the start of every season ensures optimal performance and indoor air quality. Don’t forget to change your filter regularly throughout the season, at least every three months – and more often if you have pets.

  1. Check air vents.

Make sure the air vents throughout your home are  open, clean, cobweb-free, and unobstructed. Vacuum off dust, hair, and debris and remove furnishings and draperies blocking airflow through supply and return registers.

  1. Consider a thermostat upgrade.

If your thermostat looks like it’s been around since the dark ages, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Smart programmable thermostats are extremely affordable and can save you significant money annually on cooling costs. Many of today’s models do the work for you, keeping your home more comfortable while improving performance by adjusting temperature settings for when your home is not in use.

Monitor Your System After Turning It On

After adjusting the temperature to your desired setting and turning your air conditioner on at the thermostat:

  • Go outside and verify the fan in the condensing unit is running
  • Listen for strange sounds. Check for the exhaust of warm air from your home.
  • Let the system run for 10-15 minutes, verifying your system is cooling your home.

Set the stage for a cool, comfortable summer with help from your local AC company. Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule annual air conditioner maintenance today.


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