Around the country, people are already feeling the heat. In Naperville, we’re already touching 80-degree weather. And while the nights aren’t as bad, it’s only a matter of time before your hand will be itching to turn the knob on your air conditioner. At your work, you’re probably already feeling the frigid temperatures in the office, but that doesn’t mean your home is faring as well. While you probably want to test the waters of your air conditioner, we encourage you to take some cautionary steps before you switch the system to ‘on.’
For those who want to make sure their AC is up to par, take the time to learn more about our air conditioning services. Whether you want to take advantage of our air conditioning services for your residence or your business, we’re the one-stop-shop for installation, repairs, and replacements. If you knew that you had problems with your air conditioner last summer, then contact us, so we can help you stay cool this summer. Keep in mind that with the rising temperatures, you’ll want to get a jumpstart on utilizing our air conditioning services.
Steps To Do Before You Turn The AC On
Did you know that there were certain steps to follow before you turned on the AC? Probably not, but that’s okay, since we’re going to go over each step you should follow. Keep in mind that Air Repair also offers preventative maintenance, which we hope that you did before wanting to turn on the air conditioner. After all, one of the worst feelings is going to turn on your AC to find in the sweltering heat of summer that it doesn’t turn on. We want to save you some of those panicky, sweaty moments and remind you that preventive maintenance is key before you follow these steps. Now, if you’ve already done preventative maintenance and had no problems last summer with your air conditioner, then let’s get started on the following steps.
Step One: Check Out The Thermostat
Before you hike up the thermostat to a cooling 65-degrees to help you sleep comfortably at night, check the thermostat. If it’s outdated and looking a little rough around the edges, then consider investing in a newer, energy-efficient thermostat. A newer thermostat can help with programming, comfort, and creating a more environmentally-friendly home.
Step Two: Check The Ducts
The second step that we encourage you to follow is checking the ducts. This can mean getting your ducts cleaning or looking for some wear and tear. It’s important that you take this step because you could be losing cool air or increasing your energy bills because you have a cooling loss in the ducts. Ducts that are exposed or have been damaged can create inefficiency for the home and you’ll end up spending more money, which no one wants to do.
Step Three: Look At The Vents
Similar to the ducts, you’ll want to check out the vents. If you have small children, then you may have toys blocking the vents. If you moved into your new home during the winter months, then you may not even notice that furniture is blocking the vents. Additionally, drapes can be the culprit behind blocking the vents as well. It’s best if you remove the items from in front of the vents because it encourages airflow.
Step Four: Check The Drain Line
Just like the vents and the ducts, you’ll want to check out the drain line. The drain line helps with the indoor cooling and is generally found above the furnace in the basement. By cleaning it out with chlorine bleach and water, you’ll make sure that the drain is clear for the entire summer. When the drain lines of your air conditioner are blocked, they can collect dirt and other debris in the coils, which can create damage in your HVAC system.
Step Five: Change The Filter
Next, you’ll want to change out the air filter. You probably always do this one before you turn on the AC, most people do, but we wanted to reiterate it for those who need a reminder — you only do it twice a year after all. By changing the filter a few times a year, you’ll start off the summer right.
Step Six: Check The Circuits
Similar to checking the drain lines, vents, and ducts, you’ll also want to check the circuits. The circuits need to be checked to ensure that the all of the electrical connections are actually attached. By checking the circuits and the electrical connections, you won’t have to worry when you click ‘on’ to find that the AC doesn’t rattle to a start.
Step Eight: Turn On
Once you’ve followed all of the above steps and you’ve talked to a professional about any lingering issues from last summer, it’s time to crank that AC knob to stay cool.
Keep in mind that if you have a unit that’s outside, you’ll want to also check to make sure that there’s nothing blocking the equipment. Take some time within the next few days to clean around the unit to ensure that the air conditioner isn’t going to perform below your expectations. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more about our air conditioning services.