With summer winding down in Bishop, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or make it wear out faster.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they turn into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
You can still have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outdoor AC Unit
Pick 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 handful of 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 Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be cautious with these fragile coils. Bent or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning should handle extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating properly, contact us a call at 760-784-9034.
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Next, How You Can 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 must be changed every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If light isn’t visible, buy 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 flexible plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can freshen it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual maintenance!