With summer ending in Cape Coral, now is a good time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it lately, it could be blocked with dirt and yard waste. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or wear it down more quickly.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and address minor issues before they turn into costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
There’s still time to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared 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 clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a temperate day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Bent or crumpled fins can impact 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 Comfort Zone, LLC should fix extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then mop the inside of the system with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace 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 like it should, reach out to us a call at 239-214-0411.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be exchanged every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Pull it out and tilt it toward the light. If there’s no light visible, buy a new one.
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 dirty, you can clean it by pouring thinned 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 restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Comfort Zone, LLC can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual service!