Using An AC That Has Been Dormant For A Long Time
Your air conditioner (AC) might not be ready for use if you have not used it for a long time. Assess the AC and prepare it for usage the first time you switch it on after a long period. Below are some tips to help you resume using the AC.
Give the System a Visual Check
Inspect the AC for visible signs of damage that might worsen after you turn it on. Confirm that all the connections are intact, the coils are not bent, and the fan belt is not slack or frayed. You should also look for cracks, leakages, and other signs of wear and tear. Consult an AC technician if you spot damage signs.
Clean the Unit
If you haven't used your AC for a long time, chances are high that you didn't clean it during the disuse period. During that time, the system might have picked up dirt and debris. Unfortunately, dirty ACs are problematic because dirt and debris
- Impair the heat exchange
- Interfere with the AC's cooling efficiency
- Increase the AC's energy consumption
- Accelerate wear and tear
- Overheat the AC motor
Thoroughly clean the AC before you use it again. Replace the air filter so air can easily pass through to the system. Clean the coils, condensate drain, and other relevant parts. Remember to unplug the AC before cleaning to reduce the risk of electric shock. Handle the coils gently to avoid damage. Alternatively, leave the cleaning to experienced professional contractors.
Run the Fan Mode First
Run the AC in fan mode for the first few minutes after you clean it and confirm that everything looks alright. In this mode, only the fan runs, and other parts of the AC (such as the compressor) stay off. Thus, the fan mode circulates air in your house without changing its temperature. Running the fan mode first clears dust, debris, and stale air that might have accumulated in the AC during the dormancy period. That way, you enjoy fresh and cool air once you use the AC.
Monitor the System After Starting It
Lastly, monitor the system in the first few hours of usage. Check whether the system cools your house evenly, how often it cycles on and off, and whether it produces unusual sounds. The monitoring is critical to spot hidden problems that the cleaning and visual check might have missed.
Contact a local residential air conditioning contractor to learn more.