With summer coming to an end in Palm Coast, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, 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 make it wear out sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric expenses.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and address small issues before they become 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
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a temperate day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check 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
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These components are also known as condenser coils and move heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying 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 386-313-8766.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be exchanged every few months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Pull it out and angle it toward 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 dirty, you can clean it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also have practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual service!