Should I Clean My AC?

Should I Clean My AC?

A clean AC is an efficient AC. So, if you want to improve your home’s comfort level, cut down on energy use (and your energy bill) and prolong the life of your air conditioner. While a professional AC technician will be able to give your air conditioner the most thorough cleaning, along with a tuneup and other maintenance, there are a few simple cleaning tasks you can do on your own. Just follow these steps:

Cleaning the Indoor Unit of Your AC

1. Turn the Power off. Before you begin cleaning, make sure your air conditioner is completely turned off. This is done through a shut off switch, not your thermostat.

2. Clean the Blower Compartment.Remove the AC filter and vacuum up any visible dust and debris in the compartment behind it.

3. Check the Condensation Tube for Algae. Remove the plastic condensation tube and look to see if algae are growing in it and these could cause a clog. To eliminate the algae, pour a solution of one part bleach, 16 parts water into the tube through a funnel. If a bad clog has already formed, you may need to replace the tube.

4. Clean the Drain Tube. Use a pipe cleaner or small bristled brush to remove buildup.

5. Change the filter. This is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your AC clean. Changing the filter monthly will maximize your system’s efficiency and help to keep your equipment safe from debris that could buildup and cause clogs.

6. Turn the Power Back On. Be sure to hook the tubes back up where they go and fit the new filter in the proper position. Then flip the power switch back on.

Cleaning the Outdoor Unit of Your AC

1. Turn Off the Power. If you do not see a shut of switch, you may have to remove the fuse or turn off the circuit breaker connected to your AC.

2. Clean the Condenser Fan. You will have to unscrew a protective metal grill to get to the fan. Remove any debris such as grass, weeds, twigs and leaves from the grill. Remove the fan and gently wipe down the blades with a damp rag.

3. Use a Hose to Clean the Inside. With moderate water pressure to prevent damage, spray the inside of the condenser unit before putting the fan back in. Spray the side panels from the inside to remove dirt.

4. Clear the Surrounding Area. Remove debris surrounding the area and make sure trees and plants are cut back at least two feet away from the condenser unit.

5. Reassemble the Unit and Turn Power Back on. Put everything back in its correct place and switch on the power.

Get a Professional AC Cleaning

While you may see these AC cleaning tasks as a welcome challenge, there is still a lot to be done to get your AC unit in top shape. When a Climate Design technician comes to perform preventative maintenance on your AC, not only will they clean it, but they will also lubricate all moving parts, check the coolant level, inspect all equipment for possible issues and perform an overall tuneup. Learn more about how your AC can benefit from maintenance or call today to schedule an appointment!