When it comes to our business, we are happy to inform you that despite the stay at home order, we are still open. This is an essential time of year to tune up your air conditioning unit and get it up and running. As the weather gets warmer and warmer, you don’t want it going out in the dead of summer when we may be in the peak of the coronavirus. This means that you will want to make sure to get it looked at now. Here is the best way to start up your air condition this spring. If you feel that it is above your pay grade, then you can always give B.L. James and Sons a call to tune up your AC unit. Here is what you will need to know if you’re doing it yourself:
For Your Inside Unit
- Make sure that you have a programmable thermostat. This will save you a lot of money and energy. By getting one you can program, you can make it run higher or low during certain times of the day. This will also help you tremendously when it comes to your monthly bill.
- You want to make sure your AC unit is running efficiently. This means that you want to check your duct system. Make sure that your insulation is not ripped or exposing your duct work.
- ACs have a drainage line that you want to make sure to clean out. It can clog from time to time and makes it so that dirt will start to get into the coil inside. There are several different ways you can clean it. You will want to look up what is best for your specific unit.
- Put in a new air filter. This should be done every couple of months.
- Open the panel and make sure that all the electrical connections are solidly on there as they should be.
For Your Outside Unit
- You will want to clean out your AC unit by removing any debris that is blocking it or around it. This would include any sticks or leaves that the wind would blow in.
- Check to make sure your refrigerant lines are properly insulated. This will help the efficiency of your unit. If you want to go a step beyond, you can tape the insulation all the way with a special UV tape to protect it.
- Of course, check your electrical on the unit as well to make sure everything is tight and in place.
Turn on Your Unit
- Turn on your unit at the thermostat by switching it to cool and putting it to the desired temperature.
- Go outside to your AC unit and listen to it. You want to make sure that it isn’t making any unusual noise.
- After about 10-15 minutes you want to go inside and be sure to take note that you can feel that it is working.
These are just some simple steps that you will want to take when turning on your AC unit this spring. If you’re feeling that this is too much for you, then give us a call. We would love to help you start up your AC properly this year! We are making sure to follow all the guidelines given by the state and CDC when it comes to how we are helping service your HVAC unit.
By B.L. James & Son 4-4-2020