With summer ending in Derby, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it recently, it could be blocked with dust and yard refuse. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or make it wear out sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally maintained annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and address small issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to 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 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
Choose a temperate day to scrub 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 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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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 waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also known as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, give us a call at 203-772-8319.
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Three 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 must be replaced every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Pull it out and hold it up to the light. If light isn’t visible, replace it.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can sanitize it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!