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Spring Forward with Cool Comfort: Testing Your AC at the End of Winter

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As the days get longer and the temperatures climb, you might be starting to dream of cool summer nights. But before you crank up the AC, it’s wise to give your system a test run at the end of winter. Here at Gentry Air Conditioning, we want to help you ensure your air conditioning is ready to keep you comfortable all season long.

Why Test Your AC in Spring?

Just like your car needs a tune-up after sitting idle, your AC benefits from a spring check-up. Here’s why:

  • Catch problems early: A test run allows you to identify minor issues before they turn into major breakdowns during peak summer use.
  • Improve efficiency: Running your AC after a long winter break helps lubricate components and ensures optimal performance, potentially saving you money on energy bills.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing your AC is functioning properly gives you peace of mind and avoids the stress of a malfunctioning system on a hot summer day.

How to Test Your AC

Testing your AC is a simple process. Here’s what to do:

  1. Consult your thermostat: Find your AC settings and switch your system from “heat” to “cool.”
  2. Set the temperature: Lower the thermostat to a temperature at least 5 degrees Fahrenheit below the current indoor temperature.
  3. Power on: Turn on your AC system and listen for normal operation sounds.
  4. Airflow check: Feel the air coming from your vents. It should be cool within 15-20 minutes.
  5. Visually inspect: Take a quick look around your outdoor unit. There should be no leaks, strange noises, or excessive ice buildup.

What to Look Out For

If you encounter any of the following during your test run, it’s best to call a professional HVAC technician:

  • No cool air: If your AC isn’t producing cool air after 20 minutes, there might be an issue with the refrigerant level or compressor.
  • Unusual noises: Loud grinding, banging, or screeching noises could indicate loose components or internal damage.
  • Leaking water: Water leaks around the indoor unit or outdoor condenser can point to clogged drains or other problems.
  • Burning smell: A burning odor is a serious issue and could indicate electrical problems. Shut off your AC immediately and call a technician.

Safety Tip:

Never attempt to test your AC in outdoor temperatures below 60°F. Running your system in cold weather can damage the compressor.

Spring into Cool Comfort

For a comprehensive AC inspection and cleaning, contact Gentry today. Our certified technicians can ensure your system is ready to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.