With summer winding down in Kearney, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be blocked with mud and yard waste. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle small issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform consists of:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late 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 on your own between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outdoor AC Unit
Choose a temperate day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove debris from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Bent or crushed fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use light 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
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working like it should, contact us a call at 308-624-3485.
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Next, How You Can 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 several months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If there’s no light visible, 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 supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual service!