With summer winding down in Temple/Belton , now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it recently, it could be blocked with dust and yard waste. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out more quickly.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle slight issues before they turn into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we complete involves:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
You can still have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash 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 warm day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can test your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful 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 Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty debris from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Warped or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust bent fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Bell Air Conditioning Inc should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, fish out leaves and other yard waste. Then mop 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 clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re finished.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating like it should, give us a call at 254-307-9572.
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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 kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Remove it and angle it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, replace it.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can sanitize it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Bell Air Conditioning Inc can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your annual tune-up!