With summer coming to an end in Excelsior Springs, now is a great time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained annually. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and handle small issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we complete involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
There’s still time to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do by yourself 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
Select a temperate day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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
Remove rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be cautious with these delicate coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Colvin's Heating and Cooling should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then mop the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in 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, contact us a call at 816-379-3918.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be changed every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Take it out and angle it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, get 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 pliable plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your regular service!