With summer winding down in Fort Lauderdale, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of mud and yard refuse. This accumulation can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement sooner.
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 utility costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle slight issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a temperate 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
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also referred to as condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Solar Air Inc. should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, reach out to us a call at 954-320-7398.
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Three 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 must be changed every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
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 scummy, you can freshen it by draining diluted bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Solar Air Inc. can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular service!