Do you have an air conditioner in your home? If so, you may want to check it out to make sure it’s ready to handle the upcoming summer heat. The last thing you want on a hot summer day is to try and flip on the air conditioner only to find out it’s not working. Below are some cleaning and maintenance tasks that will help to ensure that your air conditioner is in top shape for summer:
Clean or Replace Filters
Clean or replace your filters when dust begins to accumulate. This will improve your system’s efficiency, boost airflow, and prevent dust from blowing all over your home. Replace disposable filters every one two three months, depending on the brand. And make sure to clean non-disposable filters every month. Keeping an eye on your filters will help keep your air conditioning system’s indoor coil clean and reduce your energy bill.
Inspect and Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit
An air conditioning system’s condenser unit is normally located outdoors and looks like a large metal box that contains a fan. If you don’t cover the condenser with a tarp or cover in the winter, it may contain dirt and debris that need to be cleaned out. The coils inside of the unit should also be cleaned since any debris clogging the coils will reduce efficiency.
Before you clean the condenser unit, turn off the power to the unit. This will require a screwdriver or a nut driver to remove the protective grilles from the metal box. Then use a refrigerator coil brush or soft brush to gently clean the coils and use a vacuum to clean the coils from the inside. For debris that is tough to remove, you may need to use a commercial coil cleaner. If you go this route, be careful not to spray the cleaner onto the fan or electrical components. Also, be sure to remove leaves and other debris from around the condenser unit. You can use a vacuum and a rag to clean the fan blades.
The longest you should go without cleaning your condenser unit is two to three years, and it also depends on how often you use your air conditioner in the summer. It’s also important to ensure airflow is not restricted by keeping the area surrounding the unit clear. Tree branches, shrubs, and grass should be at least three feet away from the sides of the unit and five feet above it.
Check Coolant Lines
Check the pipes that connect the evaporator to the outdoor condenser unit and make sure no parts of the insulation covering them is wearing thin or missing. If you see areas that need to be patched up, reinforce those areas with foam insulation tape.
Get an Air Conditioner Check-Up
Now is a great time to have your air conditioner checked out by a professional. Annual check-ups extend the life of your system, keep it running more efficiently, and address small problems promptly, so they don’t lead to major, expensive repairs down the line. If you live in Bremerton or the surrounding areas, call Sullivan Heating & Cooling at (360) 405-0723 or fill out our contact form for more information about our air conditioning services.