Your air conditioner can be a comforting piece of equipment when temperatures get uncomfortable. You will want to make sure it’s working at its peak when you go to turn it on. Check your system now so you can have any issues fixed. Checking now will also ensure you don’t have to spend a lot of money on repairs that can save you a total breakdown of your system.
Components of Air Conditioning System & Their Function
• Air conditioning. Total control of temperature and humidity and removal of moisture through condensation.
• Condenser. A refrigerator gives off heat by changing from a gas to a liquid through a radiator-type component.
• Air Filter. A device used to remove foreign substances from a refrigerant.
• Evaporator. Component where liquid refrigerant is changed to a gas as it absorbs heat from the inside.
• Compressor. A part that changes low pressure refrigerant to high pressure refrigerant.
Indoor Air Conditioning Equipment Care Checklist
Start by making sure the thermostat is turned to “off” and set it to a high temperature, like 80 degrees. Then you can look at the thermostat. You may want to consider replacing it with a newer one if it appears outdated. Then you can check to make sure any exposed ductwork is free of any damage that can lead to inefficiency. Next, you can look at the air vents throughout your home to make sure they aren’t blocked in anyway as it can prevent proper airflow. You will need to make sure the air filter is free of dirt and debris for optimal filtration. Lastly, check to make sure the circuits are all turned on and that the power is turned “on” at the unit.
Outdoor Central AC Equipment Maintenance Checklist
Start by checking the outdoor condenser unit. Make sure there aren’t any blockages around the equipment and clear them if there are as they can affect the overall performance. You can then check the refrigerant lines to make sure they are insulated for optimal efficiency. Check the outdoor electrical wiring and call for repair if there is any damage or wear. You also need to be able to determine if your air conditioner has reached the end of the road. Just like anything, air conditioners have a lifespan even if you’ve maintained it well. The good news about replacement is that you’ll save 20 to 40% in cooling costs with a newer model because they are so much more efficient.
How to Turn on Central Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to turn the system on. First, lower the temperature 5-10 degrees and turn it on. Second, go outside to make sure the condenser fan is running smoothly. The air coming out of the vents will feel warm at first because warm air will need to be removed from the home. Third, allow the system to run for 15 minutes or until you can feel the indoor air cooling off your home.
Central Air Conditioner Inspections, Repairs & Replacements in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson, Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
Some tasks need to be performed by professionals. If you find you’re still having any cooling issues, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning to have an experienced technician perform an inspection and make any needed repairs. Contact us today!