With summer ending in Cottonwood & Prescott, 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 dirt and yard refuse. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of small issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we do includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a warm 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 few 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 juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove debris from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your system.
You need to be careful with these fine coils. Warped or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Connolly Electric & Mechanical should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace 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 running correctly, reach out to us a call at 928-251-4327.
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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 must be changed every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Pull it out and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
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 flexible plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can clean it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean 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 Connolly Electric & Mechanical can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your routine maintenance!