With summer coming to an end in Omaha, now is a great time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it recently, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down sooner.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle minor issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outdoor AC Unit
Pick a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of tools:
- 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove debris from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from The Frazier Company should take care of severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, reach out to us a call at 402-628-0206.
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Then, You Can Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be replaced every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Pull it out and tilt it toward 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 pliable plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can freshen it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from The Frazier Company can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual tune-up!