With summer ending in Thedford, now is a good time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be full of dirt and yard refuse. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement faster.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and address minor issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we complete consists of:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
You can still have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work 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
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few things:
- 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
Cut the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your system.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Bent or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then clean the inside of the system 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. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating correctly, reach out to us a call at 519-296-4437.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Remove it and angle it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
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 flexible plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can sanitize it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your annual tune-up!