With summer ending in Opelika, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and handle minor issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few pieces 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 run the unit 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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5 Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called as condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these fine coils. Misshapen or crushed fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten misshapen fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance parts retailer. A pro from Farnell Mechanical, Inc. should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working like it should, reach out to us a call at 334-245-4748.
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3 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 couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, 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 moldy, you can clean it by pouring water-down bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!