With summer ending in Delray Beach, 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 collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out faster.
We advise 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 utility costs.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and address small issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels 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 on your own between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash 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 warm day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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 Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut 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 turn on the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be cautious with these delicate coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange misshapen fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Kilbourne Heating & AC should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the equipment with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, reach out to us a call at 561-287-7071.
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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 should be replaced every several months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last checked yours? Pull it out and angle 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 inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can clean it by draining watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Kilbourne Heating & AC 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 regular tune-up!