Before the warm weather really hits, you should run a test on your air conditioning unit. That way, you can see if your unit is in working order. If anything is amiss, you can schedule a repair appointment before your local HVAC contractors get really busy with summer repairs and installation.
Clean Your Outside Unit
The first thing you should do is clean the outside portion of your air conditioning unit. If you covered up your unit this past fall to protect it from the winter weather, remove the cover and clean up any dirt or debris that made it past your cover.
After you clean up the inside, turn the power back on to your unit if you disconnected the power last fall. Make sure your unit is plugged in properly. Then turn the breaker back on at your curcuit box that connects to your ac unit.
Clean Or Replace Your Filter
If you didn't clean your air conditioning filter last fall before you stopped using the air conditioning system for the year, you may want to clean your filter. You can take it out and use your vacuum cleaner to remove any debris that has built up. You can also run it under some warm water to clean it. Just make sure you allow it adequate time to dry before you reinstall it.
If you don't want to clean your filter, you can replace it with a new one. Make sure you write the date that you installed the new filter on the side of the filter. This will make it easier to figure out when you should replace your filter again in the future.
Vacuum Out The Vents
Open up the vents to your air conditioning unit, and use your vacuum cleaner to pick up any dirt that has fallen into the vents. This will keep the air you breathe a little cleaner.
Turn On Your AC Unit
Once you have completed all the prep work above, shut all the windows in your house and turn your air conditioning unit. Watch out for these following signs that a repair technician needs to look at your unit:
- Unexplained loud sounds.
- Your unit does not turn on.
- It takes a significant amount of time for your unit to cool down your house.
- The air that is being blown out is warm.
If you notice any of the above signs, you'll want to schedule an appointment with your local air conditioning services technician to come out and inspect your unit. That way, when it is actually really hot outside, you'll be cool.