Getting the Most Out of Your Air Conditioner – Simple Spring Maintenance

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 9, 2013

Spring is the perfect time to undertake maintenance on your air conditioner. This way, you know that it will be in perfect running order in a few weeks when you really need it.

Outdoor Maintenance
It’s common for debris, dirt, pollen and grass clippings to make their way into the AC unit and clog it up. Cleaning the condenser, the part of the AC system that sits outside, can improve your system’s efficiency and prevent potential breakdowns. According to the experts at Allied Services, this can be done in five simple steps.

1. Turn off the power to the AC unit at the electrical panel.
2. Remove the outer casing or grills of the unit.
3. Clean the fan with a damp rag and vacuum the inside to remove excess dirt.
4. Remove debris and pollen that has accumulated on the coils and fins with a hose, being careful that there are no exposed wires. Don’t use a power washer as the pressure can damage the AC.
5. Let everything dry, reassemble the unit and turn the power supply back on. At this point, you may also want to switch your HVAC system over to air conditioning and take the AC for a short test run to make sure it is running well.

Spring maintenance on your air conditioning system is a straightforward home improvement project. Plus, doing it now means that if you realize along the way that you need air conditioning repairs done by a professional, you won’t be waiting until it’s 92 degrees in the shade and the HVAC contractors have a three week waiting list.

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