With summer winding down in Carpentersville, now is a great time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out sooner.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do on your own 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
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of 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
Take out rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Controlled Comfort HVAC should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, reach out to us a call at 224-412-8308.
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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 need to be changed every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Pull it out and angle it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Controlled Comfort HVAC 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 annual tune-up!