With summer winding down in Kearney, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it lately, it could be clogged with dirt and yard refuse. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and address slight issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
It’s not too late to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to clean 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
Choose a mild day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple 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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5 Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called as condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these fine coils. Misshapen or crushed fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance parts retailer. A pro from Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning should handle extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running correctly, reach out to us a call at 308-624-3485.
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3 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 need to be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and angle 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 examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can sanitize it by pouring water-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual tune-up!