In countries like Pakistan where summer and winter seasons have always extreme temperatures, it is necessary to have heat and cool air conditioner. It means that we sometimes have to face frosty winter and need a heating system or a burning heat which only needs the use of regular air conditioning.
In the harsh summer season, you only search for a central air conditioning unit which can provide its cooling magic every time you turn an AC ON. Before getting to know the useful tips that you need to follow prior to turning ON an air conditioner, we’ll suggest you to understand some of the basic terms including both indoor and outdoor units:
- Air Conditioner: Controls humidity and temperature while removing moisture through condensation
- Condenser: A radiator type component in which a refrigerator radiates heat when changed from a gas to a liquid
- Evaporator: A component in which liquid refrigerant is changed to gas since it sucks up heat from the inside air
- Compressor: This functions by changing low pressure refrigerant to high pressure refrigerant
- Filter: A device which is installed at the higher side of a system and is used to remove dirt or debris from the refrigerant.
11 Tips to Consider Before Switching ON an AC Unit
For an Indoor Unit
Remember to keep the thermostat OFF before switching ON the unit. Turn the temperature to a high setting and then inspect the following:
- Check Thermostat: Make sure that it isn’t non-operational. You can save both energy and money by installing a new thermostat
- Inspect if any Ductwork is Exposed Due to Wear: If the ducts are exposed due to wear and tear, it can be a great source of loss of cooling, hence making your air conditioning system inefficient
- Scrutinize Air Vents Round Your Home: It is appropriate to remove any item that can clog airflow, for instance, toys or furniture
- Analyze Drain Line: There is always a drain which is connected with the indoor unit, near the cooling coil. If you cleanse air conditioning drain with one cup of chlorine bleach mixed into one gallon of water, it will keep the drain clear throughout the season. Usually, the drain gets blocked due to dirt which gets accumulated by the indoor coil. If the drain doesn’t get cleared, the water starts draining towards the back which can damage your home and other appliances. So, it is necessary to clear the drain lines at least once a year
- Wash out the Filter: If you are residing in an area that is most exposed to dirt and debris, then you need to wash out the filter after every eight to ten days. It should be definitely cleansed at the start of winter and summer season
- Look at the Circuits: Make sure that all electrical connections at your home or workplace are working properly
- Make sure to Turn ON the Power: The power of the AC unit must be turned ON.
For an Outdoor Unit
You can check the following points in an outdoor unit:
- Check the Condenser Unit: You must ensure that there is no clogging inside or near the equipment. For this, you need to clean the area around the unit. Debris and leaves always block the internal components, thus affecting the performance
- Check Refrigerant Lines: Lines should always be insulated. There should be appropriate insulation so to enhance the efficiency of the system. Keep in mind to repair the insulation by a professional
- Check if Outdoor Electrical Wiring has any Wear: If you find any damages or wear and tear, we’ll suggest you call a technician for its service prior to using the AC unit
When Your Air Conditioner may have Retirement Age?
Like all other home appliances, an air conditioner has a life span too. Even if you are properly maintaining it, it will wear out in the long run. So, if you find that your AC has reached its retirement age, you should replace it so to save both energy and cost.
Once analyzing all the above mentioned points, you can now turn on your heat and cool air conditioner. You can listen to the noise of the outdoor to identify if it sounds usual or irregular. We always suggest our valuable customers call for a professional if you find anything wrong.
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