Spring Cleaning is not just for the inside of your home folks. Florida is one of the top humidity level states it’s important to know what you can do to clean your outside HVAC Unit and when you need to just call Orlando’s finest AC repair company.
Chances are that if you’ve neglected a spring checkup, your air conditioner isn’t cooling nearly as well as it could. A year’s worth of dirt and debris clogging the cooling fins, a low coolant level, a dirty blower fan filter and a number of other simple problems can significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and wear it out faster.
You can’t do everything; only an Orlando AC Repairman can check the coolant level. But you can easily handle most of the routine cleaning chores and save the extra $120 that it would cost to have a pro handle it. Always begin by shutting off the electrical power to the unit. Normally you’ll find a shutoff nearby. It may be a switch in a box, a pull lever or a fuse block that you pull out Look for the “on-off” markings.
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Outdoor Unit Troubleshooting
1. Locate and remove the air conditioner filter. Filter locations vary depending on your air conditioner, but they are usually found along the air conditioner return duct. If the filter is not located within the air conditioner unit, look for an access panel on the interior or exterior of your home near the air conditioner location
2. Wash reusable filters outdoors. Rinse them with water from a garden hose to remove the dust and debris in the filter. Dispose of cardboard and fiber filters and replace with a new filter, since these are not reusable like the metal and plastic variety.
3. Turn off the power to the air conditioner unit. Usually, this requires flipping the breaker switch assigned to the unit since most units don’t have a separate on/off switch.
4. Remove the top access panel on the unit. This is the panel with the vent openings. Locate the screws holding it in place and remove them. Set the panel aside carefully without damaging the attached fan or fan wires.
5. Examine the condenser coils on the inside of the unit for dirt, debris and dust. Vacuum the debris from the coils using a shop vacuum, taking care not to bend the fins and coils. Rinse the coils with water from the garden hose after vacuuming.
6. Wipe the fan blades clean with a wet rag. Clear any debris from the fan vents in the panel.
7. Replace the panel on the unit and screw it in place. Turn the power back on to the unit.
Properly cleaning your air conditioner outdoor unit extends its life and minimizes maintenance issues. A clean air conditioner also cools the air
more efficiently and can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Most outdoor units are easily accessible, which allows homeowners to perform maintenance themselves. Units perform best when cleaned twice annually at the beginning and again at the end of the summer cooling season.
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