Before turning on your Air Conditioner, here are a few do it your self maintenance steps you should do. It's best to do this in the spring on a warm day before you need your A/C. This way, if there are any problems you can call a technician before the busiest time of year (June-August):

  1. Change your air filter and make sure all registers are open in the house.

  2. Change your thermostat batteries.

  3. With the unit turned off, wash off the outside unit coil with water. Spray water on the perimeter of the outside coil until the water draining off of the unit and its clear.

  4. Turn on the air conditioner and go to the outside unit. You should hear the compressor motor and see the condenser fan motor spinning. Some thermostats will have a built-in time delay usually 5 minutes max.

  5. After the air conditioner has been running for about five minutes, the thicker of the two refrigerant lines leaving the condensing unit should start to get cold (feel the metal not the insulated part), If not cold after 5 minutes it may be low on refrigerant, if freezing you may have an air flow restriction (call for service).

  6. Locate where the condensation water drains, usually coming from a PVC pipe near the condensing unit (about one foot off the ground). After the A/C is running, it should start to produce water. Using a wet/dry shop-vac suck out the drain line at the end where it comes out for a couple of minutes to prevent the unit from clogging up.

That's it, hopefully everything went smoothly. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns (916)671-5542.


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