With summer winding down in Haines City, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This accumulation can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle slight issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few components 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 test your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of things:
- 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 juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also known as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, reach out to us a call at 863-216-2923.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must 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 take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can clean it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to sanitize 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 Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your routine tune-up!