With summer coming to an end in Warrenton, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it recently, it could be full of dust and yard waste. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of minor issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
There’s still time to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You just need 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
Select a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can test 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
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty debris from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Bent or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then mop the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re done.
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, give us a call at 636-456-5041.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be replaced every few months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Pull it out and tilt it toward 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 take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can clean it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean 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 Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular service!