May 112011

Air Conditioning (A/C) Tips for Home Owners by Jim Bodnarchuk

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look at starting your A/C Unit. After this year’s long winter in the GTA, the summer season is finally here. You need to be ready to cool down during the hot, humid months ahead when the breezes won’t be so cool and a fan just won’t do.

Clean or Change Your Filter: First thing you should do is check your filter on the furnace. You may need to replace the filter. If it is re-usable wash it with dish liquid and water. Make sure to rinse well.  If the fan is constantly in use, you may need to clean the filter once or twice a month.Air Conditioner

Inspect the Power Supply: Before you power up the unit check the power supply to be sure that the source has been on for more than 12 hours. This will allow the compressor oil to warm allowing an easier start up. If you do not allow this time period the compressor could burn out and be very costly to repair or replace.

Timing is everything: Be sure that the temperature outside is at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) or higher otherwise the unit may burn out from being overworked. Your best setting indoors is at 1 degree lower than comfortable room temperature which is usually 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid Mold: Make sure all drainage from your unit is moving away from the building or into a waste pipe to eliminate unwanted humidity that can cause water damage or mold problems.

Be cool this summer and keep your A/C in good condition.

Jim from Iron View Inspections

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