With summer ending in Magnolia, now is a good time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it lately, it could be full of dirt and yard refuse. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outside AC Unit
Pick a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can test the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple of 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 Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crushed fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from JTech Mechanical should handle severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, give us a call at 281-231-8768.
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Then, You Can 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 need to be exchanged every couple of months, depending on the model you use.
Unsure when you last put in a new one? Remove it and angle 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 draining diluted bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from JTech Mechanical can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine tune-up!