With summer winding down in York, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it this year, it could be blocked with mud and debris from your yard. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or wear it down more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up once a year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and address minor issues before they become costly problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outdoor AC Unit
Select a mild day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple of 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out rubbish from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Warped or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Strine's should take care of severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the equipment with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, directing water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, give us a call at 717-383-4479.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be replaced every several months, depending on the type you use.
Unsure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and angle it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, get a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can freshen it by draining thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Strine's can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your regular service!