With summer coming to an end in Huntingburg, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be blocked with mud and debris from your yard. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and address minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete consists of:
- Inspecting 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 work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can test your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of 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
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove debris from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Bent or crinkled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange misshapen fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Dearing's Service & Solutions should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then mop the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, give us a call at 812-200-5844.
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After, Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be changed every few months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Remove it and hold it up to 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 moldy, you can sanitize it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Dearing's Service & Solutions can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your annual tune-up!