When your AC system is working properly, your home is a comfortable place to be, even on the hottest days of summer. And while it would be nice if you could just fire it up without having to worry about whether or not it is ready to go, there are a few things you should do before firing it up for the first time this summer.
1. Inspect Your AC Unit.
It is always a good idea to survey your unit before turning it on for the first time. Make sure to uncover the condenser if you covered it during the winter.
2. Remove any debris.
Now is the time to remove leaves, stone, twigs, brush, and any other debris that might have fallen on your unit over the last year. It’s also a good idea to remove anything within two feet of your unit.
3. Spray down the coils.
With your hose and a spray nozzle, carefully spray down the coils on your unit to get rid of any debris that might be hanging out in between your fins.
4. Check your filter.
Before you turn on your unit for the first time in a year is the best time to check your filter. It probably needs to be changed! Don’t skip this step, as your filter is one of the most important components in your unit.
5. Make sure your breaker is on.
The last step before turning on your unit is to make sure that the breaker your unit is connected to is on. Now, you can turn on your AC and enjoy your cool air all summer long!