Summer is officially here, and if you haven’t turned on your air conditioner yet, it won’t be long. Before you do, we have a few tips for those in the San Francisco Bay Area. While the best time to check everything out is during spring, or at least several weeks before you think you’ll need it, most of us give little thought to our A/C units, assuming it will work when we need it. When temperatures rise to scorching levels, technicians are swamped with work – and you may find yourself suffering through the heat for a few days before someone can get to you.
Here are some simple steps you should take before turning the air conditioner on this summer.
Make sure your thermostat isn’t still set on “heat” mode. Switch it to “cool” mode and set the thermostat on the temperature you prefer.
Inspect the air registers throughout your home. Registers deliver conditioned air, and anything that’s impeding or blocking airflow could interfere with your comfort. Whether the sofa is sitting over a register or toys, drapes, or other items are covering the vents, they should be clear of all objects.
Take a look at the air filter and change it if it’s dirty or clogged. Not only does a dirty air filter impede airflow, it can potentially result in the evaporator freezing up. Be sure to change it regularly once you start running your A/C unit throughout the summer season.
Check the drain line. Drain lines can become clogged, which not only impacts functioning of your air conditioner, but can also result in damage to your home depending on where it’s located. If the drain line is clogged and you can’t clear it, call our Bay Area HVAC professionals.
Check to ensure the power is turned on at the A/C unit, and check circuits to make certain electrical connections are on.
One thing you will need to do outside is to take a look at the outdoor condenser unit to make sure it’s free of leaves, weeds, vines, and other debris that may impede optimal performance. Keep shrubs and other plants a few feet away from the outdoor unit so it has plenty of room.
Once you’ve checked everything out and feel you’re good to go, turn on the A/C to make sure it functions properly. If you run into a problem along the way, give our professional HVAC technicians a call. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning we’re all about your comfort!