If you are feeling gung-ho about warm weather that will soon be approaching, then you may be ready to start gearing up your air conditioning system so it can begin blowing cool air into your home as soon as the hot temperatures start rolling in. In your haste to get your unit ready, you may make a few mistakes that can have some very negative consequences on your AC system. Keep reading to learn about a few and to also find out what you should do.
Mistake—Leaving The Condenser Cover On
If you have recently moved into a home with an AC unit or if you have started taking care of the unit more regularly, then you may have slipped a cover over the condenser before the start of the winter. If so, then you need to remember to remove it before you turn on the cooling system.
While this may seem like common sense, some individuals keep their cooling systems set to automatic all year round. This means that the AC can kick on when on an unusually warm spring day. If this happens, then the unit will not be able to pull cool air through the side grates of the condenser. The cooling coil will then not be able to dispel heat. The fan will not be able to force warm air up an out of the unit either.
A few things will then happen. The Internal parts of the air conditioner can quickly start to overheat. This can cause substantial and irreparable damage to parts like the condense pump, and a new one may be needed.
If you keep a close eye on the weather, then you can remove the cover from the condenser as soon as temperatures remain well above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. This way you know that snow and ice will not cover the unit any longer. You can also set your home thermostat to heat instead of automatic. You can switch the system to cool when its time to start using the AC again.
Mistake—Not Cleaning The Filter
If you live in a relatively warm area of the country, then you may not have a dedicated heating system. If this is the case, then your entire cooling system, both indoors and outdoors, has likely remained dormant for months. In this case, your air filter has likely remained mostly untouched as well. This filter does hold some organic compounds as it filters the air, and these compounds can become a food source for mold and mildew spores.
If your basement, crawlspace, or closet area that holds the filter is also wet, then you can easily force hundreds of thousands of mold spores into your home by turning on your AC system without changing the filter. Make sure to change the filter beforehand to reduce this issue.
To learn more, contact local air conditioning services.