With summer winding down in Eastland, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be blocked with dust and debris from your yard. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down sooner.
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 energy costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Select a warm day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check the unit 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crushed fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from J & J Air Conditioning should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, fish out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Reinstall 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 running like it should, reach out to us a call at 254-355-3833.
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Three Steps to 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 should be replaced every few months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Pull it out and hold it up to 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 examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can clean it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the 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 J & J Air Conditioning can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine service!