With summer winding down in Oxford, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of dirt and debris from your yard. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement sooner.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
It’s not too late to have a tune-up 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 wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple 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 power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your system.
You need to be cautious with these fine coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc should handle extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan 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 working like it should, reach out to us a call at 662-281-1231.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be replaced every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Remove it and hold it up to the light. If there’s no light visible, 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 scummy, you can sanitize it by pouring 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 restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular tune-up!