How to Prepare Your Air Con For Summer…
When the winter has past and there is no need for warm air heating, it’s time to turn the air conditioning on. The last thing you need in summer is for the air conditioning in the office to pack up because it hasn’t been prepared properly.
When an air conditioner sits idle for a period of time it begins to collect leaves and debris, some maintenance is often needed to allow the system to run effectively. If this maintenance is left too long before the hot weather kicks in, you may be left sweltering for a few days whilst you’re waiting for the system to get going.
Calling an A/C professional can actually run up quite a hefty bill, especially considering it can be done by the owner of the system.
A central air-conditioner utilises an indoor air handler and outdoor compressor.
A central air-conditioning system utilises two main components: a condenser unit, which is typically located outside, and an evaporator unit mounted on the air handler furnace. Working in tandem they extract heat from the room through refrigeration technology. The furnace blower blows the resulting chilled and dehumidified air through the ductwork and in the home.
Repairs to an air conditioner’s sealed refrigeration system is a job only for professionals. You can,do certain cleaning by yourself though and you should in order to correctly maintain your equipment.
Before working on the air conditioner, be sure to turn off the power to the condenser at the service panel.
The condenser also has a 240-volt weatherproof disconnect box near the unit; this contains a lever, fuses, or a circuit breaker to shut down the condenser.
In order to clean the conditioning unit, you must:
- Clean or Replace the Filters
- Clean the A/C Condenser Coils
- Check the Coolant Lines
- Test the Unit