With summer coming to an end in Athol, now is an ideal time to get ahead 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 decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out faster.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up 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 high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have service 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 get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outdoor AC Unit
Choose a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check the unit 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 rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Warped or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange bent fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running correctly, contact us a call at 208-561-1226.
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Then, You Can 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 changed every couple of months, depending on the model you use.
Can’t remember when you last checked yours? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, replace it.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can freshen it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular service!