Cleaning your AC is a great way to improve energy efficiency and reduce wear. Before the summer months get here, you may want to put this on your list of spring cleaning tasks. You will want to start by cleaning the outdoor unit, and then, check the vents. Servicing will also need to be done to prepare you for the spring and summer. Here are some easy steps to clean your AC and be prepared when the warmer weather arrives:
1. Removing Debris from The Outdoor AC Unit and Preparing It to Clean
Debris from the landscaping and trees around your home will get into your AC unit and this is where problems start. Use a leaf-blower to remove any debris inside the unit before cleaning. You may want to remove the grates to get inside the unit and blow everything out. You can also use compressed air to clean between the cracks of parts if you have an air compressor handy.
2. Turning Off the Unit and Cleaning the Unit Out with Light Detergent and A Hose
Cleaning out the unit with a light detergent and a garden hose is a simple way to get out the grime. Before you start with the garden hose, make sure you turn off the main power to your AC, which is usually located in a small outdoor electrical box near the unit. Once you have turned off the AC, use a soft brush and a bucket of soapy water to clean the unit. Rinse the soap out with a garden hose and put the grates and covers back on the unit. Wait for the unit to dry before turning it back on.
3. Checking and Cleaning All the Vents to Ensure They Are All Clean
When cleaning your AC, it is also important to check all the vents. Make sure that vents are open and free of dust. If there are any furnishings blocking vents, rearrange them to allow air to circulate. When you are cleaning, remove any dust on the vents that may restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of your AC. Once you have finished with the cleaning, contact an air conditioning contractor to help with the servicing needs before the weather gets warmer.
These are some easy steps to help you prepare for warmer weather and get your AC ready. Contact an HVAC repair service to help get your air conditioning ready for the warm days of summer. To find out more, speak with a business like Lakeside Heating & A/C Inc.Share
27 February 2017
While sitting in my living room on a hot summer day, I could feel the heat coming through the ceiling out of my attic and making the house warm up more than it should. I crawled up into the attic one evening to find out that the roof vents weren't working any longer because they were clogged with all sorts of debris. Did you know that when this happens, your home's temperature can rise to very uncomfortable levels? Did you know that your home could actually be damaged if the attic isn't well vented? This blog will show you all about attic ventilation.