The steps to turn on the air conditioner in Baltimore, Lutherville-Timonium, Ellicott City, MD and the surrounding areas are easy to follow if you have a good guide to walk you through them. And that is precisely what we planned on doing. Winter is almost gone and summer is coming, so we thought all our clients and readers alike could benefit from a simple guide that will make using your air conditioner easy and safe!
To make it as linear as possible, we have broken down the process and the steps to turn on the air conditioner into three major sets of actions that you will have to follow. A check list for your indoor equipment, one for the unit outside and then the actual steps involved in turning on the AC. Let’s get started because summer won’t wait!
The Indoor Equipment Checklist
In order to get through all the steps of this part of the process, the thermostat needs to be ‘off.’ Also, make sure the temperature is set very high, at about 80 degrees if possible. Now you can begin.
- Do a visual checkup of your thermostat. If you find that it has now become too old to be used safely, you can call in an HVAC team to replace it.
- Next inspect your ductwork to establish it is not worn out. Any damages to the ductwork could lead to an inefficient air conditioner.
- Check all the vents in your home. If there are any objects that are blocking the vents, remove them.
- Inspect the drain line. It should be situated alongside the indoor cooling coil.
- Check all the circuits.
- Change the air filters. Do this before every cooling period and after that, every three months.
The Outdoor Equipment Checklist
- Clean the condenser unit outside. This could mean removing all the debris, blockages, leaves or vines that might have gathered on or around it since you last used it.
- Inspect the refrigerant lines visually. If they are in perfect working condition, they should be insulated. However, if you notice something is wrong, please do not attempt to fix it on your own, but call a professional, as it is very dangerous.
- Check the electrical wiring for wear and tear. The advice we gave above applies here as well. This is not something you should attempt to fix on your own as electricity is very dangerous.
Steps to Turn on the Air Conditioner
Now that you have gone through the process of making sure everything is alright with both your indoor and outdoor units, it’s time to turn your AC on and enjoy its gentle breezes.
- Turn down the temperature of the thermostat until it reaches the degrees you want. Then you can turn the unit on using the buttons you see on the thermostat itself.
- Step outside where the fan of the condenser is located. Listen to it as it runs. The sound it makes will tell if it’s running regularly or not. Feel the air that comes out of the unit. Put your hand on top. If it’s warm, everything is alright. The unit is removing heat from the air inside the house.
- Allow the system to function for some 10 or 15 minutes. By that mark of time, you should feel the temperature in the house drop significantly. If that doesn’t happen at all or if it happens only in a few rooms, then there’s something wrong and you need to call in an HVAC technician.
You can also call in our professional technicians if you have some more questions on the steps to turn on the air conditioner. Apart from that, they can set it up for you, perform the required maintenance, and adjust the temperature on the thermostat. In this way, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it. So give us a call and we’ll be at your house in no time at all!