Steps to Take Before Turning on Your A/C Unit

Written by Arpi’s Industries in Calgary

As temperatures begin to warm up in the Calgary area, it will soon be time to turn on your air conditioner. Before you start using it, make sure it’s all set to run. Use the following tips to ensure that your air conditioner is ready to cool your home.

Change the Air Filter

Your HVAC unit’s air filter needs to be changed on a regular basis, since dust and other debris builds up on it over time. This lowers the air quality inside your home and affects your air conditioner’s efficiency. Take the current air filter out of your HVAC system, and replace it with a new one before you turn on your air conditioner for the season.

Clear Vegetation

Your outdoor air conditioning unit has to have enough space around it for air to move through. Otherwise, the compressor inside this unit can break down. Remove weeds, trim shrubbery and clear away any other vegetation that has grown too close to your air conditioner.

Clean the Coils

The coils inside your air conditioning unit can become covered in debris over the winter months if you didn’t cover it up. Spray off the coils using a hose, which helps clear away debris.

Give It a Test Run

After making sure that your air conditioner is ready to be used this spring or summer, test it out. Turn your thermostat down low enough for the air conditioning to come on, and make sure the fan is set to “auto” rather than “on.” This lets you know if your air conditioning is working as it should. If it doesn’t come on or if it makes any odd noises, have an HVAC technician inspect it.

Schedule Maintenance

Having routine maintenance done on your air conditioner before you start using it is also a good idea. Schedule seasonal maintenance, and an HVAC technician will make sure your air conditioner is ready to run.

If you need maintenance or repairs before you turn on your air conditioner this summer, please contact Arpi’s Industries. We provide reliable heating and cooling services for homeowners in Calgary.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).


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