Many businesses are reopening after the easing of the lockdown. But is your air conditioner ready to operate right after months of lockdown? If you are not sure, keep reading because in this article, I’ll give you some tips to get your air conditioner ready for the easing of COVID-19 lockdown.
4 Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready
1. Replace AC Air Filter
Air filter blocks small particles, dust, and debris from entering your space. As a result, it gets dirty very quickly. That’s why it’s recommended that you should change your air conditioner air filter every 2 to 3 months. But this time it’s different.
Recently, WHO has announced that the COVID-19 is airborne and the virus can spread through the air. As air filter blocks all the small particles, theoretically, it should block COVID-19 droplets too. If you don’t change the air conditioner air filter after reopening your business, there’s a high chance of you or your family members being infected by the virus.
That’s why when you’ll be re-opening your business, make sure that you change the air conditioner air filter first.
While replacing the air conditioner air filter, make sure you wear necessary protective gear such as masks, gloves, etc. By doing this, you won’t be exposed to the COVID-19 droplets.
2. Trim Tree and Bushes
The refrigerant absorbs the heat from your space and releases it to the outside condenser unit. Then, the condenser unit releases the indoor air to the environment and pulls fresh air inside. But when there are overgrown trees and bushes near the outside condenser unit, airflow will be restricted. As a result, you won’t get the desired cooling from your air conditioner.
As businesses have been shut down for months, it’s very natural to see overgrown trees and bushes near the outside condenser unit. That’s why after replacing the air conditioner air filter, trim bushes and trees near the outside condenser unit. By doing this, outside air will be much more accessible to your condenser unit, and you’ll get the desired cooling from your air conditioner.
Again, if you notice tree leaves or woods on the outside condenser unit, clean it. If you allow debris to form on your outside condenser unit, there’s a high chance that the whole HVAC unit will shut down completely, and you’ll have to pay hefty repair fees. Besides, dust and debris make the HVAC inspection difficult for HVAC professionals.
3. Replace the Deteriorated Pipes
As businesses were closed for months, pipes and ductworks of your air conditioner can deteriorate. When your air conditioner has damaged ductwork, you’ll notice air leakage in your air conditioner. As a result, you won’t get the desired cooling from your air conditioner. Besides, a damaged pipe or ductwork can reduce the overall efficiency of your air conditioner, and you’ll see a sharp rise in the cooling bill.
That’s why after reopening your business, check the ducts and pipes of your air conditioner. If you notice any leakage in the pipes and ducts, change them as soon as possible. While replacing the ducts and pipes of your air conditioner, make sure that you hire an experienced HVAC professional. If you hire a novice HVAC professional, he or she may damage the pipes and ducts.
Ducts and pipes are the crucial parts of an air conditioner because it carries all the fresh air. If the HVAC professional does a little here and there, your overall comfort will be hampered, and you’ll see a sharp rise in the electric bill.
4. Check the Electrical Wires
When you reopen your business, make sure that all the wires connected to the air conditioner are in good condition. If you notice any wear and tear in the electric wires, replace the wires as soon as possible. If you don’t replace the damaged wire and use your air conditioner, you’ll be at high risk. If you find any wire and tear, call an HVAC professional or an electrician to replace the wires. This is how you can keep you and your business safe from accidents caused by electrical malfunctions from within your heating and air conditioning units.
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