With summer winding down in Mount Pleasant, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be blocked with dust and debris from your yard. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy bills.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of minor issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform consists of:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to get the grime off 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 mild day to scrub 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 few tools:
- 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
Remove rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Warped or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Olde Towne Heating & Air should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean 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 rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re finished.
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 843-485-0967.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Take it out 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 supple plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can freshen it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Olde Towne Heating & Air can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!