With summer winding down in Elk River, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be full of dust and yard waste. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of small issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of items:
- 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 power 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 slowly clean the metallic fins. These components are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can affect 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 Home Comfort Heating & Air should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, give us a call at 763-276-0617.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Remove it and hold it up to the light. If there’s no light visible, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can clean it by pouring 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. Connect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Home Comfort Heating & Air can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your regular maintenance!