With summer coming to an end in Los Angeles, now is an ideal 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 refuse. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or wear it down faster.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained annually. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and address minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete consists of:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. 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
Take out waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in 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 800-296-5088.
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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 need to be replaced every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, 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 thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean 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 AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also have practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your annual service!