Do you enjoy cool temperatures? Do you know what to do to prepare your air conditioner for the summer months? Even if the temperature outside is still close to freezing, it's never too early to find out if you'll need air conditioning repair. Here are a few tips and things that you should look out for:
1. Air blows warm: Turn on your air conditioner and let it blow for approximately 15-30 minutes. As you probably know, an air conditioner is set up to pull air from inside your house for cooling. If the temperature remains the same, or nearly the same, as your current room temperature, then you know that something is wrong. If the air feels slightly cooler, let the air conditioning unit run for another fifteen minutes or so. Some older units may need time for everything to cool down.
2. Air doesn't blow at all: If you turn on the air conditioner and it doesn't blow at all, this could be a sign that something is wrong. First of all, check to make sure that you set the thermostat lower than your current room temperature. For example, if your current room temperature is 70 degrees, set your air conditioner to 60. If the thermostat is set correctly, you should then check your filter and replace it if needed. Some air conditioning units may have a sensor that will automatically shut the unit off if it senses a dirty filter. If it still doesn't work, you'll need to call an air conditioning repair technician out to find out what's wrong.
3. Strange noises or smells: It's often natural for your air conditioner to smell dusty when you turn it on after a period of disuse. However, your air conditioner shouldn't smell like burning plastic or have a greasy scent. You should also listen to make sure that it's not rattling, grinding or making other loud noises. If your unit does this when you turn it on, shut it off immediately and call for professional help.
You may feel ridiculous turning on your air conditioning when it's still cold outside, but this is the best way to find out if you'll need air conditioning repair. You should turn it on approximately every month, just to make sure that it's still functioning. By finding out in December that your air conditioner needs repair, you'll be able to save up for the repair costs so that you're not sweltering in July. To learn more, visit A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.