With the warmer temperatures of spring upon us, many people will be turning on their air conditioners for the first time. Before you turn on your system, you’ll want to perform some maintenance and tune up your air conditioner to make sure that it is running properly.
Change the Filter
Changing the filter on your air conditioner is a basic form of maintenance, and it’s important to look after it if you want to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Once you replace your current air conditioner, plan to keep doing so on a monthly basis. With the heavy use your air conditioner will be subjected to during the summer months, you will want to keep on top of this chore.
Call a Contractor to Tune up Your Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner tune-up should include the following:
- Checking the refrigerant pressure
- Testing the electrical components
- Cleaning the coils to ensure good air flow
If you are having a problem in any of these areas, it could mean that your air conditioner is not running as efficiently as it should. Taking this step will help you to head off any potential problems that could lead to a breakdown when the temperatures really start soaring.
Once the air conditioner is running well, leave it on for the entire season. Shutting it off when you leave the house is not an efficient way to use it. If you allow your home to heat up through the day and then have to run the air conditioner to bring the interior temperature down several degrees, it means the system will have to work harder to make you comfortable.
A better choice is to turn the thermostat up a few degrees when you go to work and let it run at that temperature during the day. Buy a programmable thermostat so that you can bring down the temperature shortly before you are due to arrive home from work. It’s much easier on your system and you will feel more comfortable when you arrive home and you can save money by not having your system run all day long.