With summer winding down in Boynton Beach, now is a great time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of mud and yard refuse. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of small 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
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can check the unit 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your system.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crushed fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust misshapen fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from A2Z Air Inc should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, directing water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, contact us a call at 561-270-6228.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be changed every few months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Take it out and angle 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 examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by draining watered-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from A2Z Air Inc 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 routine maintenance!