With summer coming to an end in Port St. Lucie, now is a good time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it recently, it could be full of dirt and yard waste. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement faster.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility bills.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to scrub 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 handful of items:
- 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove debris from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These components are also called condenser coils and move heat away from your equipment.
You need to be considerate of these fine coils. Warped or crushed fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Custom Air Systems Inc should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running properly, reach out to us a call at 772-247-2283.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the electricity to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be changed every few months, depending on the kind you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Remove it and tilt it toward the light. If there’s no light visible, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Custom Air Systems Inc can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your annual tune-up!