With summer ending in Norton, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of dust and yard refuse. This accumulation can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down 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.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
You can still have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need 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 temperate day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run 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
Cut the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These parts are also known as condenser coils and move heat away from your system.
You need to be cautious with these delicate coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from HCE Systems should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running properly, reach out to us a call at 276-302-0076.
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After, 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 should be replaced every few months, depending on the model you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Pull it out 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 take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by draining watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Wash 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 HCE Systems can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular maintenance!