Few things put a damper on summer fun faster than an air conditioning unit that gives out in the middle of the season's first serious heat wave. If this happens to you, you'll probably wait days for a service appointment because many others will be in the same predicament, and your bill will likely come as an unpleasant surprise. Air conditioning units tend to malfunction during the season's initial heat wave because they're working at maximum capacity for the first time in months. Parts are worn out or broken and filters may be clogged with dust and debris. Here's how to ensure that your AC system transitions seamlessly to the dog days of summer.
Change the Filter
One of the first things you should do before firing up your AC system for the season is to change the filter. Even if it's been months since it's been used, the filter may still have accumulated enough debris to seriously restrict air flow, which will make the motor work harder than it should have to. Your system's owner's manual should provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to change the filter.
Clean the Condenser Coils
The condenser unit is located on your home exterior, typically in an out-of-the-way location in the back. The condenser coils may have accumulated leaves, grass, and other yard debris during the course of the winter. Be sure to clear this out before operating your system. As with any other time that you work on your AC system, be sure to turn the power to it off at the service panel.
Schedule a Service Appointment
The best way to ensure smooth sailing for your air conditioning unit is to have it serviced by a trained technician before the season starts. This will circumvent any issues that could prevent your system from operating smoothly all summer long.
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