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Things to Know Before Turning Your AC Back on for Summer

The weather here in Southeast Texas is so unpredictable that you might have already turned your air conditioner back on for the season. However, if your AC isn’t working the way it should, the transition to summer can become an extremally uncomfortable one. If you’ve been able to do without AC up until this point, keep reading! We’re sharing a few helpful tips to consider when you’re finally ready to make that transition.

What Should I Do When I Turn It Back on?

Feel the Larger of the Two Copper Lines

Looking at the large copper line coming from the unit is one of the best ways to test your AC when turning it back on after some time with it off. If the line is “refrigerator cold”, that’s a good sign that the unit is working well.

Check for Heat from the Unit

Another way to check and see if your air conditioning unit is working is by checking the temperature of the air coming out of your outdoor condenser’s fan. If the air coming from the fan is warmer than the temperatures outside, this means that the heat transfer from inside the house is happening and your unit is probably working correctly.

Trim Growth around the Unit

If anything has grown up around your unit during the winter, you should cut it back at least twelve inches away from the equipment. Doing this will help keep any overgrowth from blocking airflow to the unit, and will also help to ensure that nothing can get inside of the unit, which could cause damage. In addition to this, your unit works better when the condenser coil is completely clean, and it’s best to clean it annually at the very least. 

When Should I Call Experts?

While you may be able to fix some of these smaller problems on your own, there are definitely some instances when calling the pros is the best option.

Excess Movement

If your unit is visibly shaking, this could mean that you might need to have your motor shaft repaired or replaced. It could also be a problem with a few other parts, so calling in an expert to diagnose the issue is your best bet.

Excess Noise

There are a few noises that air conditioning units can make that are signs that your unit isn’t working properly. While some older units can make some quiet noise during use, excess noise indicates that there might be a problem. If your hearing a loud bang with accompanying screeching noises, your condenser motor has probably gone out. If this happens, turn the unit off immediately and call a professional so they can take a look.

Contact us today for an HVAC inspection to ensure that your air conditioning unit is working correctly. If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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