Most people only think about switching on their central air conditioning system when they really need it – as soon as the first hot day of the season hits. However, it really does pay to think ahead and test your cooling system early, usually in the warmer days of April or May every year. Doing so will make sure that it’s ready to handle the first hot days of the season and prevent any potential headaches with emergency repairs.
Testing your central AC system
By taking these few quick and easy steps, you can test your AC system to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently throughout the summer.
- Wait until outside temperatures are above 60-65 degrees.
- Set thermostat to cool instead of heat.
- Turn down temperature low or fan to ‘auto’ setting to make sure the system switches on.
- Let system run for 8-10 minutes to make sure it is operating normally.
- Check that cold air is coming from your vents.
- If the thermostat seems like it’s not communicating with your HVAC or AC system put in fresh batteries. If that doesn’t help, consider replacing the thermostat or calling your AC provider.
- Make sure the flue and all vents are open.
- Clean or change the filters.
- Once your AC system is on, be mindful of any strange smells and odd sounds.
- Make sure to move large furniture away from vents and air ducts it may be blocking.
- After testing, return the system to all previous settings.
If you notice that your AC system doesn’t seem to be working right and you’ve carried out the steps above, you should call an AC technician now before the problem gets worse. Do not try to fix any problems yourself. This could prove costly and potentially dangerous.
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