With summer winding down in Marshfield, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard refuse. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or wear it down sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and handle small issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels 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 upkeep you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. It only takes 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 warm day to scrub 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 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 electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out waste from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from House of Heating Incorporated should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace the fan 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 running properly, contact us a call at 715-384-3163.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be changed every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Pull it out and hold it up to the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
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 freshen it by pouring diluted bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from House of Heating Incorporated can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your regular service!