With summer winding down in Pella, now is an ideal time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it this year, it could be blocked with dirt and debris from your yard. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced once a year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle minor issues before they become high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You only 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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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few things:
- 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
Switch off the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your system.
You need to be considerate of these fragile coils. Bent or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working correctly, give us a call at 641-628-3621.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be replaced every couple of months, depending on the model you use.
Can’t remember when you last checked yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t 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 scummy, you can clean it by draining watered-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine maintenance!