Well, spring is finally here and one of the first things homeowners set out to do is ensure that their AC system is operating properly and prepared to handle the long hot months ahead. One important step in preparing your cooling system is cleaning the outside AC unit. Cleaning the unit outside your home will definitely help keep your cooling system running effectively and efficiently throughout its lifespan. Though the team here at M&A HVAC Services, LLC are on hand to take care of this springtime task for you, there are many of our clients who want to take on this seasonal task themselves.
Understanding full well that cleaning your outside AC unit will not only improve the efficiency of your system, but will also save you money are obvious reasons why homeowners make certain not to overlook this all-important task. If you are not the typical do it yourself homeowner, then worry no more. The highly skilled and trained technicians here at M&A HVAC Services are on hand to take care of your every need. However, if you are a DIY professional then we have some useful tips to offer you.
For starters, it is important to clean the outside unit of your cooling system at least twice per year. Do so once in the spring before the hot summer months hit, and then again in the fall before the cold temperatures make their presence known and you have to shift over to the fully functioning heating system mode.
When performing your own AC unit maintenance, there are some simple, practical tools you will need. You want to have on hand a garden hose, shop vac, rags, replacement filter, screwdriver, fin comb and a soft-bristled brush. Start the process by turning the power to your outside unit off. Then remove any leaves, branches and other debris that may have accumulated over the months. Ensure that the area that surrounds your unit is clear so as to provide better air flow.
Use the wet vac and the soft bristle brush to clear away any debris that may have gotten caught in the unit and within the fins. If you notice any fins that are bent, use the fin comb to straighten them to their appropriate position. Next, you want to remove the air filter. If it is a reusable filter, use your garden hose to spray it clean. If your filter is fiber or any other material that is not reusable be sure to purchase a new one for the upcoming season.
Using your screwdriver, remove the top access panel of your unit and inspect the condenser coils inside. Using your shop vac again remove any dirt, dust, and other debris that is present and then take your garden hose and give it a spray down. Give extra care when performing this task, so as not to damage the condenser coils or fins.
Check the fan vents next and remove and debris that has built up and, using a wet rag, thoroughly clean the fan blades. Once you have completed these simple tasks, then screw the access panel back into place and turn your power back on.
For some homeowners who are not typical do it yourselfers, cleaning your outside AC unit can be a bit challenging and a task they prefer not to perform on their own. If this is the case with you, then surely you have come to the right place. The time and effort that goes into cleaning your AC unit is well worth the investment, which is why we encourage you to contact our friendly and professional team to take care of all your cooling system needs. We look forward to assisting with the maintenance of your outside AC unit and to providing you with the best in HVAC products and services this side of Hendersonville. Don’t delay. Contact our professionals today. You’ll be more than glad you did!!