Your air conditioner is one of the most expensive systems in your home, and if you want to keep it running smoothly for years to come, you should invest in a good annual cleaning system. You can usually do this process yourself, but there are a few tips and tricks that you should know about before you start. You’ll also love how cleaning your air conditioner can also lower your cooling costs, and you’ll love how simple it is to clean the entire unit.
One of the most important steps in cleaning an air conditioner is to ensure that you’re safe from any electricity. You can do this quickly and easily by going to the electrical box to turn the switch to the air conditioner to the “off” position. Then, you should also talk to the rest of your family to tell them not to turn the switch back on while you’re working.
The next step is to clean the inside unit of the air conditioner. This will usually be located somewhere in the attic, basement, or utility closet. Once you’ve found this unit, you should remove the access door to reveal the evaporator coils and drip tray. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any dust or allergens that might have accumulated on the coils. Then, remove the drip tray so that you can get rid of any mold or other materials that have accumulated inside the tray. Once you’ve removed the tray, you can clean it in a solution of bleach and water to kill anything that might be growing in the tray.
The final step of cleaning the inside of the air conditioner unit is to find where the drain line empties. This will usually be somewhere around the basement or on an exterior wall around the house. Then, use a wet vac to suck out any debris that might have become lodged in the line. If you pour water down the line and it runs through without a problem, you can skip this step.
It’s common for debris to fall on or grow around the outdoor air conditioning unit, which will usually be on a cement slab around the house. If this is the case, you should remove as many twigs, leaves, branches, and other types of debris from around the air conditioner as you find. This is also an excellent time to clear away any brush that has been growing around your air conditioner.
The next step is to remove the grate on top of the air conditioner to expose the inner parts of this system. You might need to get some screws off the top of it. Once you’ve taken this top off, you can use a brush to get rid of loose dirt, but if there’s mud stuck on it, the easiest way to remove it is to spray it off with a hose.
Once you’re done using the water, you can take a rag or old bath towel to clean away any remaining water. You should also straighten any fins on the air conditioner. These delicate fins are easily bent, but they need to be straight in order for you to maximize energy savings. You can straighten these fins by using a comb specially designed for this type of job, which you can find at many home improvement stores. Otherwise, if they’re already straight, simply leave them alone. Finally, you should replace your grate by putting it back on the unit and turning the screws tight on it.
When you’ve completed the rest of the steps, simply turn the thermostat off, go to the electrical box to turn the power for the air conditioner on, and turn the thermostat to the “cool” position once you’re done. You can also go around to the vents to ensure that they’re blowing cool air.
If you ever come to the point where you’ve realized that you need other maintenance and repair services, talk to us at Swanton Energy Services in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. We’re here to assist you and make the entire process of maintaining your air conditioning system go as smoothly as possible. We offer a full range of heating and cooling services, including services for water heaters and ductless systems, as well as solutions for indoor air quality. Give us a call today!