With summer coming to an end in Albuquerque, now is an ideal time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it recently, it could be blocked with mud and yard waste. This accumulation can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform consists of:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outdoor AC Unit
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your system 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 Follow as You 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
Remove rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these fine coils. Bent or crumpled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from I-Deal HVAC should take care of severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working properly, contact us a call at 505-445-1250.
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After, Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be changed every several months, depending on the model you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Pull 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 inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can clean it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean 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 I-Deal HVAC can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your regular service!