What to Do Before Turning On Your AC for the First Time This Spring
Spring is here, and that means summer is just around the corner. While you’re still probably relying on your furnace for your Chester County home comfort needs, or even opening up the windows for some fresh spring air, it’s not too early to start thinking about your air conditioner. In fact, spring is the best season to spend a little time focusing on air conditioner maintenance. Here are five things you must do before you turn on your system to avoid an unhappy surprise on the first hot summer day.
1. Visually Inspect the System
Visually inspect the system for any signs of wear and tear. Worn wires, excessively dirty components, and any other problems that just don’t look right mean you should call for an inspection before turning on the system.
2. Remove Debris
Before turning on your air conditioner, visit the outdoor unit to check for debris and brush that may have grown up around it. Remove any of this to ensure optimal airflow through the system when it’s running. You can even wash off the outdoor unit’s cover if it has dust and debris on it, as this will promote proper air flow.
3. Change the Filter
If you haven’t changed the air filter in a while, now’s the time to do it. A clean air filter will promote better indoor air quality, so your family can breathe freely throughout the summer. If you’re not sure which air filter will give your system the best results, contact the team at Signature for advice.
4. Schedule a Tune-Up
Preventive maintenance is essential to promoting efficiency and comfort all summer long. Spring is a great time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up, because the technicians at Signature haven’t hit the beginning-of-summer rush. At your tune-up appointment, an HVAC technician will check all of the components and electrical connections, clean the system inside and out, and check for signs of a serious problem. This gives you peace of mind that the system is ready to function as it was designed to when you turn it on for the first time.
5. Do a Test Run
The last thing you want is to turn on the air conditioning system on first hot day of the year, only to find that it won’t run. To avoid this, consider turning it on for a test run before you actually need it. Bump your thermostat low and turn on the air conditioner to test it out. This will allow you to call for repair if needed before you actually need the system.
For homeowners in Chester County, PA, Signature is here to provide a comprehensive list of air conditioning services, but you can help make our job easier with a little pre-summer TLC. By taking care of the things on this list, you will be certain that your air conditioner is ready to perform at peak efficiency throughout the summer.