With summer ending in Athol, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be full of dust and yard refuse. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of small issues before they turn into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep 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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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a mild day to clean 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 couple of 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 juice 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 run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be cautious with these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling should handle severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then mop the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace 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 running correctly, contact us a call at 208-561-1226.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be replaced every several months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Remove it and hold it up to the light. If there’s no light visible, buy a new one.
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 scummy, you can clean it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer.