With summer ending in Wyandotte, 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 dust and debris from your yard. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or wear it down faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle small issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
You can still have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run your equipment 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
Switch off the electricity 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 pieces are also known as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Warped or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust misshapen fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, reach out to us a call at 734-284-1224.
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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 need to be exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If there’s no light visible, 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 sanitize it by draining 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. 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your regular tune-up!