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5 Tips for Turning on Your Air Conditioner for the First Time This Year in Minnesota

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5 Tips for Turning on Your Air Conditioner for the First Time This Year in Minnesota

The cooling season is approaching after another long Minnesota winter, meaning it’s time to start thinking about the state of your air conditioner. Like any other appliance or piece of equipment, your air conditioner needs a comprehensive check after a period of disuse.

To make sure your AC can deliver reliable cooling without performance, efficiency, or reliability issues, here are a few tasks we recommend completing before temperatures heat up:

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Uncover Your AC

If you, like many Minnesotans, cover your air conditioner up once the summer ends, don’t forget to uncover it before you turn it on for the first time this year.

Running your air conditioner with the cover still on is dangerous because it can severely restrict airflow and cause overheating, so don’t forget this crucial step.

Clean Up the Unit

You want your outdoor unit clean and clear of anything that would obstruct airflow, so make sure it’s free of dust, grass, leaves, mud, fallen branches, etc. You likely don’t have to worry about this step if you cover your AC, but it’s worth double-checking.

Trim back any landscaping near your outdoor unit for good measure.

Change Your Air Filter

This is always an important HVAC maintenance task, yet it’s often forgotten. Low airflow due to dirty filters forces your system to work harder and overheat.

The excess strain on your system wastes energy and can lead to a breakdown — so it’s important to change your air filter every three months.

Do a Test Run

Pay attention to what’s happening the first time you use your AC this year — just in case something goes wrong.

If you notice weird noises, smells, or any other signs of malfunction, now is the best time to schedule air conditioning repair and ensure it will be reliable all spring and summer.

Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up

A professional will inspect and clean your system to ensure the condensate line, evaporator coils, refrigerant, thermostat, electrical connections, and more are working as intended for optimal performance.

Other benefits of routine air conditioning tune-ups include:

  • Minimizing wear and tear
  • Catching developing problems before they impact your comfort
  • Maximizing energy efficiency and lowering energy bills
  • Extending your system’s life span

Choose McQuillan Home Services for AC Services in the Twin Cities

We’re your one-stop shop for home services and have proudly served Minneapolis-St. Paul residents for more than 135 years.

Whether you need maintenance, repair, or replacement, choose the team at McQuillan Home Services for reliable air conditioning services. We also offer our Home Care Club for exclusive benefits, including:

Sign up for the Home Care Club or schedule an air conditioning tune-up with McQuillan Home Services by calling (651) 212-5828 or contacting us online today. 


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