What to Do When Turning on AC for the First Time Since Winter

Don’t wait for the sweltering heat to turn on your air conditioner. Pre-season AC prep is essential to ensure reliable summer operation. Learn what to do when turning on your AC for the first time since winter and how to manage any problems that occur with help from Indoor Air Solutions. We’re here for Yakima, Selah, Union Gap, Naches, Wapato, and Toppenish home and small business owners, offering fast, affordable service.

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Tips for Turning on Your AC for the First Time in Warm Weather

Firing up your air conditioner for the first time after winter involves more than simply flipping a button. Your system has been dormant for a while. Performing a few simple AC maintenance tasks before restarting will ensure it runs optimally, even in intense summer heat waves.

Wait for the Right Temperature

Manufacturers recommend waiting until temperatures remain at least 60 F for three days before turning on your system. Running your AC unit in cold temperatures can cause system damage. Cold temperatures cause the lubricant to thicken and ice to form on the condenser and coils, putting strain on the system.

Open All Air Conditioner Vents

Open all the AC vents throughout your home to reduce system pressure and ensure even temperatures.

Replace the AC Air Filter

Dirty air filters are the most common cause of AC service calls. Change your air filter before turning on your air conditioning system to ensure proper airflow. A clean filter will also prevent debris from spreading to inner system components and throughout the air in your home.

Inspect Your Outdoor Unit

Airflow restrictions can cause overheating and system damage in a short time. To avoid untimely AC system replacement, make sure you’ve uncovered your outdoor unit and cleared debris. Remove piles of leaves and litter and trim back shrubs to facilitate proper ventilation. In addition, ensure all panels are in place, and visible refrigerant lines and components are intact.

Turn it on and Monitor for AC Maintenance Issues

Adjust your thermostat to cooling mode and the setting to 5 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. Pay attention to your system as it runs, noting any strange odors, loud noises, and the temperature of air coming from the ductwork. If you notice any operational issues, turn off your system immediately and call your local AC contractor.

Schedule an Annual AC Inspection and Tune-Up

Schedule an annual spring inspection and tune-up. Routine maintenance helps you keep energy costs in check and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Our Yakima AC company will prepare your air conditioner for the season ahead, testing system components and identifying repair needs to ensure your air conditioner runs at peak performance, keeping you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance for Top Brands

We provide fast, professional service for all major brands of air conditioners:

  • Amana
  • Trane
  • American Standard
  • Carrier
  • HEIL
  • Lennox
  • Rheem
  • Goodman
  • Bryant
  • Ruud
  • York

Ensure Reliable Summer AC Operation

Schedule an annual maintenance inspection and tune-up from Indoor Air Solutions. Learn more about our affordable services for Yakima, Selah, Union Gap, Naches, Wapato, and Toppenish home and business owners today.

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