With summer winding down in Savage, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it recently, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and handle small issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outdoor AC Unit
Choose a warm day to scrub 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 couple 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 Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty debris from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Bent or crushed fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten misshapen fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use 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
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working like it should, give us a call at 952-373-0377.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can clean it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!