Nothing worse than coming home from work on a hot afternoon and turning on the Air Conditioner (A/C), only to find it isn’t working. Save yourself a lot of heartache and discomfort, by checking out your system this spring before you need it.
Most importantly, schedule a preventive maintenance appointment by the trained technicians at Allied. One of the first things we’ll do is check the air filter for the new season. We’ll be sure it’s the right size and the recommended filter for your system. A clean filter will help your system run smoothly and help keep spring allergens at bay.
If you turn the system on and you smell unusual smells, or hear unfamiliar noises, it’s probably best to turn it off and call Allied immediately. Don’t take a chance on lingering odor, increased allergens, or worse.
When you turn on your system to cool, the blower should come on. If the blower fails to start when the A/C is on, try to turn on the fan by itself. If the blower still doesn’t come on, it’s time to check the circuit breaker to see if it is has been tripped, if so, reset it and try again. If the blower still doesn’t come on after resetting the circuit breaker, there could be a variety of issues and it probably would be best to call Allied for a preventive maintenance call to diagnose the exact cause of the problem.
If you find your AC is cooling, but not completely, or as quickly as you remember last year, there can be a few issues to review. The refrigerant may be low, or you may have a leak in your refrigerant line. You could have gotten a hole in your duct work – this can happen by accident during other maintenance work, or by rodents.
- If you suspect a refrigerant leak, call Allied for maintenance. We’ll be sure to find the source of the leaks, and repair them.
- Check your ductwork. Ductwork can be damaged accidentally crushed or bent. Rodents can eat holes through joints or tape. Joints can come loose. Loose joints or holes can be repaired. If the duct has been crushed such that air flow is restricted, then it will need to be replaced.
You may prefer to have your Allied AC repairman come out to check the whole system and get it ready for summer, either way, it’s better to know sooner, so you are cooler later.