Putnam Fuel Helps You Spring Forward to Get Your Air Conditioning System Summer Ready

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Simple Step-by-Step Instructions Can Save Homeowners Time, Money and Energy

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“Once the temperature reaches at least 55 degrees, that’s your cue to do a good diagnostic of your system. By following these seven easy steps, you may well be able to prevent, find or fix any problems before summer."

As New Hampshire residents’ thoughts turn to spring after what may have felt like an interminably long winter, many home repairs and honey-do items around the house emerge like bears, woodchucks and raccoons from their seasonal hibernation.

Along with planting spring flowers, cleaning out gutters, putting away firewood and fueling up the lawn mower, Putnam Fuel Energy Manager Greg Shughart says that spring is also the ideal time to start getting your air conditioning system summer ready.

“Once the temperature reaches at least 55 degrees, that’s your cue to do a good diagnostic of your system,” explained Shughart. “By following these seven easy steps, you may well be able to prevent, find or fix any problems before the warmer season is in full swing.”

1.    Make sure the condensing unit is free of snow and/or ice.

2.    Replace your air filter if you haven’t done so recently. A good rule of thumb: air filters should be replaced every two to four weeks when the system is being used regularly.

3.    If you have any type of cover over the top of the condensing unit, be sure to remove it prior to activating your system.

4.    After removing the cover, visually inspect for the presence of nests (hornet, mouse, bird) and/or critters (such as chipmunks or baby skunks) prior to activating the unit. They can not only impede performance, but also seize motor fan blades.

5.    Prior to operating, ensure the thermostat is set to "Cool" mode and the fan position is in "Auto".

6.    Set the temperature on the thermostat 15 degrees below room temperature. Listen for the unit to run.

7.    Allow the unit to run for 10 minutes. Listen for unusual sounds such as vibration, humming or moving parts that aren't moving.

Homeowners with questions on any of the above steps – or who would like to schedule a pre-season, routine maintenance air conditioning inspection – are encouraged to contact Putnam Fuel.

The company’s EPA-certified technicians service and install all makes and models of air conditioners, including traditional split systems, mini-split ductless systems, and all-in-one package units. Their Central Air Service Plan includes a tune-up to keep the system running at peak efficiency, along with first-in-line priority service and a 15 percent discount on the repair or replacement of parts (including labor).

For more information about Putnam Fuel, visit http://www.putnamfuel.com or call (603) 497-4897.

About Putnam Fuel Company Inc.

Founded in 1937 by father-and-son team John and Lawrence Putnam, family-owned Putnam Fuel has enjoyed a rich heritage of providing “more energy for family moments” for the past nine decades. Currently operated by fourth generation descendants John Miles and Betty Martel, the client-centric company offers a full complement of heating and air conditioning services along with oil delivery, hot water tank protection and Oil Save Score™ energy-saving audits services to customers in Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham Counties.

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