By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
People may not normally turn on your air conditioning until June but with a record high Tuesday, many will be cranking down the thermostat.
Just a few weeks ago many of had a couple inches of snow covering their air-conditioning units. Now, they are expecting record-setting heat.
Before people turn it on for the first time, there are some simple steps to follow to make sure people are not stuck in the heat with a broken air-conditioning unit.
Kendall Mille, with Town and Country Heating and Cooling, has been servicing heating and cooling systems in this area for the past 15 years. He's seen some odd weather but nothing like what people have dealt with this year.
"It throws everything off having snow in May," Mille said.
Mille said calls to inspect units normally start trickling in around April but with the late snow, he is getting hit all at once.
To avoid being stuck in line with a broken unit, Mille said people should take matters into their own hands.
Mille said a through cleaning before they first flip that switch can go a long way.
"The homeowner can go out and make sure the coil is clean and clear like this one that it's not packed with dirt," Mille said.
Next up, step inside and take a look at the air filter. A dirty, clogged filter affects air quality and ruins efficiency hiking up your utility bill.
It is also a good idea to turn off the system, remove the fan guard and clean out any debris that might have gathered from a long winter. Be careful though and make sure the unit is off.
After all that is done, turn down the thermostat and observe.
"You want to make sure it's cooling the house and you have nice cool air coming out of the vents. Make sure it's not too noisy," Mille said.
Mille said following those tips will help eliminate most problems.
But it's also a good idea to have a trained professional check everything out once a year. That way if something is wrong they can spot it before it turns into an expensive repair.
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