With summer coming to an end in Georgetown, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard refuse. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and handle small issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You only need 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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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a warm day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can test your equipment 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously 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 delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Miller Climate Control LLC should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then mop the inside of the equipment with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, reach out to us a call at 512-937-2001.
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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 several months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Pull it out and hold it up to the light. If there’s no light 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 dirty, you can sanitize it by draining thinned bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Miller Climate Control LLC can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine maintenance!