With summer winding down in Savage, now is an ideal time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it this year, it could be full of mud and yard waste. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of small issues before they become high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform consists of:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work 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 several pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can test your equipment 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 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 unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Warped or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash 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 working correctly, reach out to us a call at 952-373-0377.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be changed every several months, depending on the model you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Remove it 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 supple plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can sanitize it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also have practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine maintenance!