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What To Do Before You Turn Your Air Conditioner Back On This Summer

by Wade Black

The warm months of summer are not that far off, and soon you'll be starting up your air conditioner one again. However, it is not as simple as turning on the unit and enjoying the cold air. There are several things you should do before you start using your air conditioner for the first time this year.

Clean the Unit

The condenser found outside your home has not been used for several months. It's likely that the inside of the unit has collected dirt and debris, such as twigs and leaves, that can cause the unit to run inefficiently. An air conditioner that works harder than it has to will break down prematurely.

Thankfully, you can clean a condenser on your own. Turn the power off, then spray the grill of the condenser with your garden hose. Your local home improvement store sells a compressor coil cleaner, which can be applied to the coil prior to using it for the first time. You spray the coil, let it sit for the specified amount of time, and then rinse it off. The cleaner is a foam, which scrubs the condenser coil while it is on it.

Change the Air filter

If your HVAC system used forced air heating, you should definitely change your air filter between seasons to make sure it is clean. If the air filter is dirty, the system works harder to push cool air through the filter. It could cause the unit to be inefficient, and potentially overheat in some instances if the system works too hard.

Replacing an air filter is simple to do. If you do not know the model of the air filter that you need to purchase, simply take the filter to a home improvement store and match it up with a new one. If it is the exact same size, it will fit in the air handler.

Clear the Vents

You should go around your home and make sure that all vents are completely clear of any items that may be blocking them. This means moving furniture away from the walls so that air has the ability to flow out from the vents.

Your vents also have two places where they may be closed. In addition to the damper at the vent in each room, there may be dampers in the ductwork that is accessible in your basement. Make sure that all vents are open so that the entire home can be cooled down. Contact a service, like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc., for more help.

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