Changing Your Thermostat from Heat to Cool

April 18, 2016

As spring gets into full force the temperatures will start to warm up outside. Even though you may have a goal not to turn your AC on until a certain date, your home may convince you otherwise.

Before it’s time to switch your thermostat from heat mode to cooling mode, there are some things you might want to do first. These things will help your AC unit be better prepared for the upcoming summer months.

What to Do Before Switching Your Thermostat Over

  • Change Your Air Filter. If you haven’t changed your air filter in the past couple of months now is a great time to do so. A dirty filter can put more pressure on your AC unit causing it to have to work much harder.
  • Uncover the Outside Unit. If you have covered the outside unit to protect it over the winter be sure to uncover it before turning it on.
  • Hose Down the Outside Unit. Giving the outside unit a quick hose down and removing any debris can help your AC unit run more efficiently.
  • Change the Batteries in Your Thermostat. If your thermostat has batteries and you can’t remember the last time you changed out these batteries, now is the time.
  • Have a Tune-Up Completed. It is a good idea to have maintenance on your AC unit once a year. If you did not have a professional come out and do a tune-up at the end of summer last year, it is a good idea to have one done before you switch your unit on.
  • Test Your Unit. Once you have switched the thermostat from heat to cool, lower your thermostat enough that your system switches on. Testing it now will prevent you from turning it on and having your AC unit not turn on the first hot day of spring/summer.

Air Conditioner Troubleshoot

While you are testing your unit there are a few things you can look and listen for.

  • Weird sounds such as clanging, banging or humming.
  • Water pooling around the outside of your system.
  • No cold air being blown through the inside vents.
  • Burning smells.
  • The AC constantly running and not cycling off.

If you experience any of the above while testing your system for the upcoming summer months you will need to call an expert to schedule an air conditioner repair.

The team at Rick’s Heating & Cooling can help you with preparing your AC before you switch it from heat to cool mode. We are a full-service HVAC company located in Morrow, Ohio that can inspect and test your air conditioner to ensure it is ready for the hot Ohio summer ahead. Contact our team of HVAC experts today and make sure you are prepared for the summer heat.