With summer winding down in Huntingburg, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be full of mud and yard refuse. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement faster.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle small issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels 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 upkeep you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Warped or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten misshapen fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Dearing's Service & Solutions should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, directing 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, contact us a call at 812-200-5844.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be changed every several months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Take it out and angle 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 inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new 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 Dearing's Service & Solutions can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular maintenance!