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5 Steps to Follow Before You Turn On Your Air Conditioner

April 19, 2018

By now you may have had to cut on the air conditioner a time or two. But before you leave it on for good to combat the heat of eastern North Carolina summers, make sure to keep in mind these tips. The “I can’t believe it’s this hot!” weather is quick approaching and the last thing you want is to flip the switch on your AC system only to find that it isn’t operating the way it’s supposed too. When your air conditioner sits idle for months, or with very little use, a bit of maintenance is often needed to get it back in summer-time shape.

1. Change the Filters

A change in season is usually a great time to replace your indoor air filters. This is probably the easiest air conditioning maintenance you can do, and still many people aren’t doing it often enough. Remember to replace your filter monthly to keep your AC running smoothly. Make sure your new filter is properly fitted in place and that there are no gaps where air can pass unfiltered.

2. Clean the Supply and Return Vents

Go around your home and make sure that all of your supply and return vents are open and free of debris. Use your vacuum to remove any pet hair or dust that may have accumulated. Make sure that none of your floor vents are covered by rugs or furniture. This will decrease the efficiency of your air conditioning.

3. Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat. You can gain significant energy savings by using it to reduce the use of air conditioning when you don’t need it, like when you’re away for work or on vacation. Contact the experts at Advance Mechanical to learn about programmable thermostats and the benefits of having one in your home.

4. Remove Debris From the Outside Unit

Leaves, plants, high grass and other debris located close to your outdoor unit can reduce the performance of your air conditioning system. Before you start running your AC, cut the grass and clean around your outdoor unit. Remove any objects, vegetation or low hanging branches that are within two feet of your outdoor unit.

5. Call Advance Mechanical for a Tune-Up

Having your air conditioning stop in the dead heat of summer is less than ideal. Make sure that your system will run smooth all summer long with an inspection and tune-up by Advance Mechanical’s expert technicians.

It’s time to make sure your air conditioner is summer ready! For more tips or to talk with an Advance Mechanical technician call (252) 355-9191.