With summer coming to an end in Lawrence, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard refuse. This accumulation can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement more quickly.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally maintained annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and address small issues before they develop into high-priced 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
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. It only takes 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
Pick a warm day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can test your equipment 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also known as condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten misshapen fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Scott Temperature should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then mop 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, showering water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running properly, reach out to us a call at 785-269-0465.
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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 replaced every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Pull it out and hold it up to the light. If light isn’t visible, get a new one.
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 diluted bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Wash 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 Scott Temperature can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your routine tune-up!