Hot weather comes quickly in Edwardsville. One day, you’re cranking up the heat and watching snow fall; a couple of weeks later, you’re camped out in front of a fan with all of the windows open. Before you know it, it’ll be time to turn the air conditioner on. However, before you do, there are a few steps that you should take to ensure that your unit is in good condition and will keep you cool all season long.
11 Steps to Take Before You Turn on the Air Conditioner
1. Change Your Air Filter
Generally speaking, your air filter should be changed every three months. Before switching from heating to cooling, swap your old air filter for a new one.
2. Check the Outside Condenser Unit
Make sure that there are no leaves, vines, debris or other blockages in or around the outdoor condenser unit.
3. Check Air Vents
Check your air vents to ensure that they are uncovered and nothing is blocking air flow.
4. Check Exposed Duct Work for Wear
Inspect any exposed ductwork for leaks, which could compromise your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home.
5. Check the Drain Line
Take a look at the drain line near the indoor cooling coil and make sure that there are no clogs.
6. Check the Circuits
Check the circuits to make sure that electrical connections are on.
7. Make Sure the Unit Is Getting Power
At the air conditioning unit, ensure that the power is turned to “on.”
8. Check Refrigerant Lines
Refrigerant lines should be properly insulated for optimal performance. If the insulation or refrigerant lines need repairs, help from a professional is necessary.
9. Checking Outdoor Electrical Wiring
If you notice any wear or fraying on outdoor electrical wiring, call a professional immediately.
10. Check Your Thermostat
An old thermostat can result in a lot of wasted energy. If you haven’t done so, consider updating to a new programmable thermostat.
11. Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner
Old air conditioners are inefficient and expensive to operate. If your unit is older than 10 years, it may be time for a replacement.
An air conditioner that is well-maintained can help you stay cool while also saving money on energy bills. At Dixon Heating and Air Conditioning, our experienced technicians specialize in providing preventative maintenance for HVAC systems, helping you have confidence that your air conditioner is ready for the hot summer.