Tips for Starting Your AC for the First Time in the Summer Part 2
Summer temperatures are arriving early this year and the time is now to prepare your AC system. As we all know, AC systems work harder in the summer in Florida than any other time of the year. If it breaks down for any reason, you could be face extreme temperatures while waiting for an Apollo Beach air conditioning service technician to come to the rescue. This is not an ideal plan. Instead, implement these simple tips to ensure that you are able to enjoy a long cool summer.
In the first part of our series, we examine tips for ensuring proper function of the inside parts of your system. In part two, we are tackling the outside parts.
Check the Condenser
The condenser is the box that sits on the outside of your home. First, you’ll want to turn off the breaker before examining the condenser. Then, remove any overgrown vegetation that may be blocking airflow from the condenser. Other condenser items to check include:
- Condenser Fan: Over time, debris will get caught in the fan’s blades, slowing down it’s performance. The fan can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner brush.
- Condenser Coils: A great deal of gunk can collect in these coils with time. To remove it, spray water on the coils with a hose. While doing this, cover electrical part so that they do not get wet.
Check the Refrigerant Lines
Check to make sure that these lines are properly insulated and are not damaged in any way. Also, check to see if they are cold. If there are issues here, you will need an Apollo Beach AC repair technician to make the repairs.
Check Electrical Wiring
If these wires are frayed, contact an electrician immediately in order to investigate the issue. It may be affecting your air condition system, among other items.
Turn on Your AC System and Listen for Issues
Ultimately, the best way to know if your AC system has issues is to turn it on and listen for yourself. What you hear will provide signs of any problems. Listen to the condenser fan, if it sounds consistent, you system is likely working fine. You’ll also want to hear how the unit sounds on the inside as well to check for issues.
Additionally, if you are running your AC system and it doesn’t appear that your home is getting cooler or your bill is abnormally high, it’s time to talk to an AC service technician.