With spring on the horizon, the air conditioner will soon be in demand. It has had a long season in hibernation, and with the heat waves we have experienced across the country over the past few summers, the air conditioner needs to be in tip top shape before the heat arrives. Getting the system ready is simply a matter of having your yearly maintenance check performed, but you may want to test your air conditioner to make sure that it is working properly before they come out to clean it.
How to Test Your Air Conditioner
Testing the unit is simply a matter of setting the thermostat to cool and lowering the temperature beneath the current temperature in the home. However, there are a couple precautions you should take before running the unit. The first step is to check the air filter. If it is dirty, change it out with a new one before running the unit. You want to make sure that you have adequate air flow through the air conditioner before the test.
Check the Outdoor Temperature
Next, check the temperature outside! Wait until the temperature is above 60° F before turning the unit on. If it is too cold outside, the compressor could suffer damage that may be irreparable. You don’t want to force yourself into buying a new unit because of a mistake like this, so make sure you test you air conditioner with caution.
Be Ready, Schedule Your Maintenance Check!
If everything is working well and the home is being cooled, schedule your cleaning with a professional as soon as possible. Likewise if you are having a problem, let your professional know what is going on and have it dealt with as quickly as you can. The heat will be here before you know it, but with these tips, you will be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this summer.