Winters in Minnesota are harsh, but spring is right around the corner. When the snow starts to melt and temperatures finally climb above freezing, it’s time to start thinking about your air conditioner again.
Extended periods of freezing temperatures and snow can take a toll on your outdoor air conditioner. Before you turn on your AC for the first time this spring, here’s a checklist of what you need to do to make sure it’s running smoothly.
Be sure to remove the cover before starting your unit for the first time this season. Since the covers limit any heat transfer within the system, turning on your AC before removing the cover could cause extensive damage.
The panels enclose the electrical connections. If you are missing panels or they are damaged, you should have a professional repair it before running your AC.
Repair/replace pipe insulation
Insulation on your unit’s pipes, especially the suction line, is important. The suction line supplies the cool refrigerant to the compressor. Without proper insulation, it can cause a loss of cooling, leading to a damaged unit or higher energy usage. If it is damaged, repair or replace the insulation before starting your AC.
Remove debris from around the coil
Trash or vegetation could be blocking the condenser coils, which transfer heat. Remove any debris from around the coils to insure you’re not blocking the air flow.
Change air filters
The change of a season is the best time to replace your indoor air filters. During the winter, your filter probably collected more dust and dander than usual because you were in the house more often. Change the filter before turning on your AC.
Clean registers and vents
A clean air filter won’t help much if your registers and vents aren’t clean. Vacuum the registers and vents to remove pet hair and dust before switching to AC. If you have a zoning system, open all the vents and make sure they are clean.
Spring is right around the corner, so now’s the time to start thinking about getting your air conditioner ready for the warmer weather ahead. Schedule your $59 spring tune-up now and make sure your unit is ready to keep you cool each and every time you need it to!