Lately, we’ve been getting teased by short bursts of warm, sunny weather that are immediately followed by chilly air and rain. The weather can’t seem to make up its mind and keeps putting a damper on our hopes for a nice spring. However, some day very soon, warm weather will be here to stay and we’ll forget all about this winter that lasted five months!
But will your central air system be ready to battle the coming heat and humidity?
Before we get hit by a sudden heat wave, it’s crucial that you make sure your central air conditioning unit is in good shape. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a fortune on inefficient cooling—or worse, you’ll be left defenseless against the dense, humid air of a New Jersey summer.
Even if you don’t need cooling quite yet, you can test out your central air system’s effectiveness pretty easily on your own. Here’s what to do:
- Turn on your central air and let it run for about 15 minutes. Set the thermostat to well below the current room temperature so it will stay on long enough to run this test. (Note: The test will be more accurate if it’s at least 80 degrees outside.)
- Locate one of your supply registers (you’ll know an air vent is a supply register if air is blowing out of it).
- Place a thermometer against the supply register’s surface and leave it there for 5 minutes. Check the temperature reading and write it down.
- Now, locate your return register (this is the air vent that pulls air in, and it’s probably larger than your supply registers). To confirm it’s a return register, place a piece of paper in front of it. If it’s indeed a return vent, the paper will be sucked toward the vent.
- Place a thermometer against the return register and leave it there for 5 minutes. Check the temperature reading and write it down.
- If your central air system is functioning properly, the return register’s temperature should be 14 to 20 degrees (F) higher than the supply register’s.
- If the temperature difference is outside of this range, something is wrong.
Thankfully, the expert technicians at Morris County Appliance Repair are standing by to help you troubleshoot, diagnose, and fix any central air problems you observe.
So, if your home test indicates a problem, call our team for central air conditioning repair! We’ll identify any refrigerant leaks or air flow blockages that may be preventing your central air system from functioning at an optimal level. Making these air conditioner repairs now, before the summer heat really sets in, will make a world of difference for your household. Get started now!