Cleaning your air conditioning system throughout the year is very important for efficient
operation and comfort.
At least twice a year you should consider adding cleaning the AC to your to-do list. Over time, your air conditioner becomes dirty, preventing it from working efficiently and even causing it to break down altogether.
While cleaning your AC has many benefits, it can be a daunting task. However, with these few simple tips, you can easily clean your AC to provide optimal performance for your home.
1. Use Caution
Cleaning the AC can be a difficult task, and it can even be dangerous at times. When you get ready to clean out your AC unit, you should always read safety warnings and use caution.
Since the air conditioner consists of different moving parts, you should turn off the unit before taking anything apart. You wouldn’t want an accident to occur while simply cleaning out the AC unit.
Another great idea is to turn off the breaker on the electric panel of your unit to stop any electrical current from running through the system. Following safety precautions is the best way to begin cleaning your AC.
2. Gather the Tools
Before you begin the actual job of cleaning, you need to gather the right tools to get the job done. You will need a hex head nut driver to remove the bolts from your unit should you choose to take it apart for cleaning. You will also need dry towels, a cleaning solution made for ACs, a water hose and a new air filter.
These tools are used to deep clean your AC unit. There are multiple cleaning solutions available to clean your AC, making it easier for you.
3. Clean the Outdoor Unit
When cleaning your AC, take the necessary amount of time to clean the outdoor unit. This part of the unit sees the most action and the most dirt because of its location.
Typically, the outdoor unit will be dirtier than the indoor unit. You might need to allot more cleaning time and solution to get the job done. The most important parts of the outdoor unit to clean are the condenser fins. Use a vacuum with a soft brush to clear debris from this area and then gently hose down the fins.
4. Clean the Indoor Unit
Lastly, just as important as the outdoor unit, the indoor unit needs to be cleaned. Remember to change the air filter—this keeps your unit from overworking to push air through the system. Often, the grating over the filter can become dusty. Use a little cleaning solution to clean off the grate, cutting down on the dust.
Most indoor units are easy to remove and clean, and filters can be bought at most hardware stores, making it easy for you to keep your indoor unit sparkling clean throughout the year.
Sometimes cleaning both the indoor and outdoor units won’t resolve any problems. If you feel like your unit is still not working efficiently even after a deep cleaning, call a professional and have them take a look at any issues.
It’s a great idea to clean your outdoor unit at least twice a year. By cleaning the unit before the beginning of winter and summer for instance, you can ensure that the system is not full of debris or dirt. You should clean your indoor unit as often as possible. Cleaning the AC units keeps them free of dirt, cuts down on the allergens, and helps your unit run more efficiently.
If you feel like your AC unit could use a cleaning or a bit of repair, contact a professional HVAC technician at Richmond’s air. We offer an array of services to fit your needs. Contact us today for professional help.
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