For many people, the checklist of what to do to start up the air conditioner is quite simple.
- Wait for the weather to heat up.
- Program the thermostat.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the best way to go about starting up your air conditioner for the spring. Chances are high that, if you’ve been without your air conditioner for many months, it’s not ready to get started right away. While everything may seem in order, hidden problems within your system can cause a lot of stress and discomfort with time.
The Filter Likely Needs Replacement
The first reason you shouldn’t start up your air conditioner right away? Clogged filters. It may seem like a minor problem, but a clogged filter can actually block airflow to such an extent that it damages your air conditioner.
Many people associate changing the filter with better health, but we actually recommend it to avoid wear and tear within the system. All that dirt and debris creates a barrier for your air conditioner that forces it to struggle and may cause damage additional components.
The Outside Coil May Be Dirty
Of course, there is dirt outside of your home, and you shouldn’t worry about dust on the outside AC unit on a day-to-day basis. However, the coil within the outside unit may, over the course of the last few months, have become coated with dust, and this prevents it from releasing heat—the way your air conditioner cools off your indoor air.
Dirty coils are linked to many AC repairs, and may raise your energy bills and prevent you from feeling as cool as you should. Clean your outside coil each year—and enlist the help of an AC professional to do it right.
Hidden Repairs Could Raise Utilities and Lead to a Sudden System Breakdown
There could be some hidden issues within your air conditioner that are not obvious initially, when you turn your air conditioner on in the spring. These issues may not reveal themselves when you turn your AC on in 80° weather. But by the time you really need your air conditioner, it could break down when you need it most!
And some of the common issues that cause an air conditioner to stop working when you really need it are easily resolved. You may only need to switch out a capacitor, lubricate moving parts, or replace a broken fan belt.
The best way to take care of these issues without making an emergency call to a technician? With regular air conditioning maintenance, completed early in the spring.
This service is intended to get your air conditioner in the best shape possible. You get…
- A complete inspection of the system.
- Cleaning of coils and filters.
- Adjustments to components to help improve efficiency and performance.
If you haven’t scheduled an AC maintenance visit yet this spring, your air conditioner is not ready for startup!
For quality work at a fair price, call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. We offer AC service in Savannah, GA.