With summer coming to an end in Omaha, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be full of mud and yard refuse. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility expenses.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of slight issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we complete consists of:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your system.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Bent or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange warped fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from The Frazier Company should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, directing water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running correctly, contact us a call at 402-628-0206.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
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 draining diluted bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from The Frazier Company can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also have handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your annual service!