Before we know it, the hot temperatures are going to arrive and stay. We’ll want our AC unit to deliver cool air on demand.
What happens if the cool air doesn’t arrive? Instead of waiting for the hottest weather to get here, now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for its most active time of the year.
Here are 6 steps you should take before turning on your air conditioning unit this year:
Safety First – Before working on your HVAC system, make sure the power is off.
Remove the Cover – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an essential first step. Many homeowners use covers, blankets, or lids to protect the coil on their outdoor air conditioning units during the winter months. If you start your system with the cover still on, you’re risking serious damage to your system.
Inspect the Unit – Look at the panels around your unit to make sure nothing is missing or misaligned. If you find that any panels are out of place exposing any of the system’s electrical components, it’s important to call a technician right away.
Remove any Debris – If there’s debris around or in your unit, it’s time to clear it out.
Check the Coolant Lines – Your system likely has insulation around the coolant lines which help to prevent wasted energy. If the foam insulation looks cracked or frayed, it should be replaced.
Change the Filter – This is the simplest and most important step for making sure your HVAC system is operating correctly. Ideally, you should start each season with a new filter, but it’s especially important to start the summer season with one.
Now it’s time to turn on your system and let it run. If it’s making any strange sounds or your house isn’t cooling adequately, it’s time to schedule a maintenance appointment. Please give us a call at 888-365-1171.