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Check air conditioners now before warmer temps arrive

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Warm, even hot weather, is in the forecast this week and while you might be ready, is your air conditioning unit?

Many are looking forward to those 80's in the forecast later this week.  

We're told that today, while temps are in the 50's, is the best day to test your air conditioning after it's long winter's nap.  

80's are in the forecast, which means heating and air conditioning companies are getting ready.

"I'm sure that when the weather hits 80 degrees, we're going to get quite a few calls," said Geoff Woodruff with Hurley and David.

Those calls will be from customers whose air conditioner units, after a long winter, either won't start or won't work properly,  

"One of the biggest problems is nobody changes their air filers because it's really easy to forget about them," Woodruff added.

Woodruff told Western Mass News that this is what you don't want: a clogged filter.

"It's a pretty easy change.  Those really should be replaced about every month or so.  Some manufacturers say that they're good for 90 days, but really, after about a month, they can get clogged up and affect system performance," Woodruff noted.

What's the price for a filter?  Woodruff said $8 to $20.  

Next, check your outdoor unit.  Woodruff does not recommend covering it for the winter. 

"These units are designed to be outdoors and what we've found over the years is, a lot of time, when you cover it, it makes a nice tent for the mice to move into and can lead to expensive repair bills when the mice chew through wires," Woodruff explained.

If you did cover it, look for evidence of mice.  

Next up: fire it up.  Don't wait until the first hot day.

"Make sure the air coming out the registers is cold.  Make sure you hear that compressor noise outside and everything's working so you don't get caught off guard," Woodruff said.

When the air conditioner on, Woodruff said that a constant 72-degrees is recommended to keep your house cool and your air conditioner unit working efficiently.

Woodruff added that when it gets hot, keeping your A/C at a constant temperature is more efficient and less taxing on your system, then, for example, leaving it off all day and firing it up only when people are home.

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