Central Air Conditioning Maintenance
Your air conditioning system must be kept clean in order to cool your home efficiently. Cottonwood fuzz, grass, leaves, and dust can accumulate on the coils of your air conditioner causing it to work harder and wear out sooner.
||At least 2 times per year summer
|Number of steps:
|Tools you might need:
||safety glasses or goggles, garden hose with spray nozzle, toothbrush, rake, pruning snips |
|What if I don’t do this?
||Higher energy bills, decreased cooling efficiency, higher repair costs, shorter appliance life |
|Locate and inspect outdoor air conditioning unit (condenser).|
Step 2: Plan Ahead For Maintenance
|Assemble the tools that you will need and create a safe workspace.|
Turn off power to the air conditioning system. Clear away obstructions and clean debris from the appliance. Prune away excess plant growth. Use garden hose with spray attachment spraying from the top of the coils down. Spraying downward will help wash any dirt or debris to the ground. For stubborn spots use a toothbrush to gently brush debris from the coils.
- Important! Avoid damaging coils! They are very delicate.
- Always contact a qualified service company if you suspect problems
Inside your home, locate condensate drain line. Be sure to keep this area clear and the drain line clean. When your air conditioner is operating it removes moisture from the air which must be allowed to flow freely to a drain or condensate pump. Inspect around furnace for condensate leaks.
- Evaporator coil. Evaporator coils should stay clean if furnace filters are replaced regularly.
- If an evaporator coil must be cleaned, it should be done by a qualified professional.
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