With summer coming to an end in Michigan City, now is a great time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be blocked with dust and yard refuse. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement sooner.
We advise 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 electric expenses.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and address minor issues before they become high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform consists of:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared 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 few pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can test your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful 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 Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These parts are also known as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your system.
You need to be careful with these fine coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Paniccia Heating & Cooling should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle 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
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working properly, contact us a call at 219-872-2198.
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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 need to be replaced every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Remove it 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 examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Paniccia Heating & Cooling 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 annual maintenance!