With summer ending in Newton, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it recently, it could be full of dust and debris from your yard. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle slight issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
You can still have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple of tools:
- 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
Remove waste from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Bent or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Brookwood Inc should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, contact us a call at 641-316-9803.
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Three Steps to 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 must be changed every several months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, get a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can clean it by flowing diluted bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Brookwood Inc can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine service!