With summer ending in Moline, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it recently, it could be full of dirt and yard refuse. This collection can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down sooner.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy bills.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of minor issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can test your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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 Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your system.
You need to be cautious with these fragile coils. Misshapen or crinkled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from J.L. Brady Company LLC should handle extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, dig out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working properly, contact us a call at 309-517-7511.
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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 need to be replaced every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and tilt 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 pliable plastic tube. If it’s scummy, you can freshen it by flowing diluted bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from J.L. Brady Company LLC can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine tune-up!