With summer winding down in Troy, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard waste. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or make it wear out sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally serviced once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of slight issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we do consists of:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared 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 components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a mild day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can run the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple of tools:
- 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 power 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 gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact 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 Edington Heating & Cooling Inc should handle severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, directing water from the inside out. Put the fan back in 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 operating correctly, contact us a call at 937-558-9478.
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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 must be replaced every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last checked yours? Pull it out and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, get a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Edington Heating & Cooling Inc can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!