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Starting Up Your AC After Winter Ends

The early spring period we're just readying to enter around Utah is an important one for a number of home fixtures or components, and one great example is your air conditioner. While this unit has typically been sitting mostly or fully unused during the winter period we're finally coming out of, this chunk of time is typically when you'll have a need for it again - and when you might want to think about a few basic maintenance elements.

At Dick Kearsley Service Center, we're happy to provide a number of AC repair and maintenance solutions to clients around Ogden, Layton, Roy, Kaysville and other parts of Utah. We're here to help with any early spring tune-ups or inspections you might need. What are some of the key elements that should be covered for early spring AC maintenance, whether on your own or with help from our team? Let's take a look.

Remove Covers from the Unit

If you utilize a cover for your outdoor AC unit during the winter, such as a condenser cover that specifically fits the unit, you'll want to remove that prior to using the AC again. In most cases, these will have been put in place as a protection against snow and ice buildup, which can lead to damage over time if it's not removed.

As you're doing this, be sure to check for any signs of damage to the condenser, keep an eye out for any loose screws and make sure all electrical connections are in good condition. Also just make sure the cover is cleaned or wiped off so it's ready for next year.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

In some cases, such as if you don't utilize a cover, this might have been done throughout the winter. But in any case, it's important to make sure that your outdoor unit is cleared of dirt and debris. Do a visual inspection and make sure all grills are free from leaves, twigs or other items that could block airflow or present a fire hazard.

If you find a lot of buildup, you may want to use a mild detergent and water mixture to spray off the unit. Be careful not to damage any of the fins or components as you do this.

Check Your Refrigerant Lines

The hoses that connect your AC system's condenser with its evaporator coil should be checked for any signs of wear and tear or leaks. If you have any cracked hoses, they should be replaced prior to use in order to avoid any potential refrigerant losses.

Check Your Filters

Your AC system's filters are another important early spring maintenance item that shouldn't be overlooked. Dirty filters can lead to reduced efficiency and higher energy bills, so it's important to make sure they're cleaned or replaced as necessary.

How often you should be doing this depends on a few factors, such as the type of filter you're using and the amount of use your AC gets. Generally speaking, however, it's a good idea to replace or clean filters at least once per season.

Cleaning Vents and Registers

Another important element is to make sure that your vents and registers are cleaned of any dust or debris as well. This will help ensure airflow isn't restricted in any way, leading to better efficiency from the system. Cleaning these with a vacuum cleaner or brush can usually do the trick.

If significant buildup is found, you may also want to use a mild detergent/water solution or just a damp cloth to wipe away dirt and debris.

Thermostat Inspection and Test

The thermostat plays a vital role in the operation of your AC system, so it's important to make sure it's working correctly. You should inspect its settings and check any batteries if necessary. It can also be a good idea to run a quick test by setting the temperature lower than the current room temperature and making sure the unit turns on as expected.

Turn On and Test the System

Before the warmest months are upon us, it's a good idea to turn on your air conditioner and make sure it runs as expected. This should include checking for any strange noises or odors that could indicate an issue as well. If any problems are noted, be sure to contact a professional technician for assistance.

Importance of Professional Maintenance

As you can see, there are a few fairly straightforward items that homeowners can handle on their own when it comes to preparing an air conditioner for the upcoming season. However, it's also important to remember that professional maintenance is still necessary for optimal performance and efficiency - and to help with any of the above areas you might not be comfortable with.

Having a system inspected and serviced by a qualified technician prior to use each year is always a wise decision. This will include more in-depth elements such as checking the refrigerant levels, measuring voltage and amperage, inspecting belts and motors, and more.

And at Dick Kearsley Service Center, we're here to help you with any and all of your air conditioner maintenance needs in Ogden, Roy, Layton, Kaysville or nearby areas. Get in touch today to learn more and schedule an appointment!


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