Do These 3 Things Before Turning Your AC Back On

February 09, 2018

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Warmer weather is right around the corner, and we want your AC to be in tip-top shape so you don’t face high energy bills or get stuck with an AC that’s blasting hot air this summer.

To make sure your AC is in good shape we’ll share 3 things you should definitely do before you turn it on:

  1. Check your air filter

  2. Clear debris from outdoor unit

  3. Schedule your AC maintenance now

Let’s go into more detail about each of these tasks in more detail...

Task #1: Check your air filter

The first thing you should do to get ready for the cooling season is check your air filter.

Here’s why: Your air conditioner shares an air filter with your heating system (furnace or heat pump). So all winter long your heating system has been sucking up air pollutants like dust and pet dander, which clog the filter.

a dirty air filter

A dirty (clogged) air filter

A clogged filter will make your AC run inefficiently, and can lead to problems like…

Read our related article, “Forgot to Change Your AC’s Filter? 3 Reasons You May Regret It.”

How to check your air filter

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Find your air filter. It will either be located:

    1. Between your air handler and air intake duct, which is usually located in a closet or attic

    2. Behind your return vent, which can be located in a hallway, ceiling or wall

  1. If it’s clogged or dirty, carefully remove the old filter and replace it with a new one

Can’t find your air filter or don’t know how to replace a clogged filter? Just give us a call and leave it to us.

Task #2: Clear debris from outdoor unit

Since your outdoor unit is exposed to the elements, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean and free of debris before you start using it regularly.

Here’s why: A clogged outdoor unit (also called the condenser unit) dumps the heat from your home outside. But, if it’s blocked by foliage, debris or dust, your AC system will struggle to dump that heat outside.

A blocked outdoor unit will eventually lead to:

  1. Increased monthly energy bills

  2. Decreased comfort (all that heat will be forced to head right back into your home)

example of a dirty condenser on an outdoor unit

A dirty outdoor condenser AC unit

For more information on the dangers of a blocked condenser, read these related articles:

How to clean your outdoor unit

  • Cut back all foliage so it’s at least 3 feet from your outdoor unit

  • Pick out sticks, leaves or other large pieces of debris from the condenser unit

  • Use a hose (with a gentle spray setting) to remove dust from the condenser coils

Have a thick layer of dust on your outdoor unit? Call a professional to clean it for you. They’ll have the right tools to do the job efficiently.

Task #3: Schedule your AC maintenance now

The first 2 tasks are things you can most likely do on your own. But for this task, you’ll need a professional’s help.

Here’s why you absolutely need to schedule AC maintenance now: A professional can catch serious issues with your air conditioner before they become serious. Major AC problems will make your system use more energy, which will raise your monthly utility bills and could lead to a system breakdown. And the last thing anybody wants in the middle of a Florida summer is to be stuck without a working AC!

Plus, if you don’t get regular maintenance and something breaks down because of normal wear and tear, you risk voiding your AC warranty. Most manufacturers require proof of regular maintenance before they’ll replace a broken part.

Schedule AC maintenance with us today

Give us a call and we’ll help you schedule an appointment with one of our trusted AC techs.

In the meantime, read more about our AC maintenance plans. They can save you money down the road on repairs and maintenance call fees.

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