The Steps to Turn on Your AC Unit

May 17, 2023

As the temperature rises, turning on your AC unit can bring relief and comfort to your home. However, before doing so, it is essential to follow certain steps to ensure that your AC unit functions optimally and efficiently. Here are the steps you should take before turning on your AC unit:

Inspect the AC Unit

Check for any damages, debris or buildup that may have occurred during the winter months. Look for any signs of rust, cracks, or leaks. Also, make sure the air filter is clean and ready to go.

Clean The AC Unit

Cleaning the AC condenser coils and fins will increase the unit’s cooling effectiveness and it will reduce the risk of the unit overheating. Use an airflow cleaner to remove any dirt, debris, or other pollutants that may have accumulated in the unit during the off-season.

Check the Outdoor Unit Placement

Check that the unit is placed in a spot where it can draw enough air from the surrounding environment to cool your home effectively. Ensure that no bushes or debris surround the unit, as this could obstruct airflow.

Check the Electrical Cables and Wires

Before turning on your AC unit, check the electrical cables and wires. Ensure that they are free from wear and tear and there are no exposed or damaged wires. Check the reconnect box located near the unit and ensure that the electrical switch is flipped to the “OFF” position. This will prevent any unforeseen electrical shock.

Check the Thermostat

Check the thermostat batteries, and if they are low, replace them.

Turn On the AC Unit

After you’ve completed all the necessary checks, it’s time to turn on the AC unit. Start by turning on the power from the reconnect box located near the unit. Turn the AC unit to the “cool” setting and adjust the temperature to your desired level. Depending on the model, it may take a few minutes for the unit to start producing cool air.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Lastly, it is essential to schedule regular maintenance checks with a professional HVAC technician. An HVAC technician can inspect your unit and identify any underlying issues that may be preventing your AC from functioning efficiently. Regular maintenance ensures that your AC unit stays functional and efficient for longer, reducing the likelihood of costly repairs.

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