With summer ending in Greensburg, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it this year, it could be blocked with mud and yard refuse. This accumulation can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement faster.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of small issues before they turn into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of items:
- Wet-dry vacuum and hose with a soft brush attachment
- Butter knife
- Damp rag
- Small, round paintbrush
- Replacement furnace filter (if necessary)
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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also known as condenser coils and divert heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten misshapen fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Wallpe Heating & Cooling should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then mop the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, reach out to us a call at 812-663-7252.
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Next, How You Can Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If there’s no light visible, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Wallpe Heating & Cooling can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your annual tune-up!