With summer coming to an end in St. Cloud, now is a good time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard refuse. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or wear it down more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of small issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we do consists of:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to get the grime off 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 great. That way, you can run the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple 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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5 Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Bent or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance parts website. A pro from Osceola Air, LLC should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering 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 properly, reach out to us a call at 407-477-6319.
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3 Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, get 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 pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can sanitize it by flowing water-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Osceola Air, LLC can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your routine service!