With summer winding down in Mobile, now is an ideal time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and address slight issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do consists of:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
You can still have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes 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 Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can test your equipment 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
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be cautious with these delicate coils. Bent or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust misshapen fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet sponge.
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 finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running properly, give us a call at 251-471-2674.
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After, Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the model you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Take it out and angle it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, 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 dirty, you can sanitize it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine maintenance!