With summer winding down in Tomball, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it this year, it could be blocked with dirt and yard refuse. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or make it wear out sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of slight issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform involves:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching 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 prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outdoor AC Unit
Select a warm day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run 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
Cut the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also known as condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Bent or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Premium Air Services LLC should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, pull out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the equipment with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, showering water from the inside out. Put the fan back in 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 operating properly, reach out to us a call at 713-364-9957.
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Next, How 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 few months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, get a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can freshen it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Premium Air Services LLC can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine maintenance!