With summer winding down in Omaha, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it recently, it could be blocked with dust and yard waste. This collection can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement sooner.
We advise having your air conditioning system professionally serviced once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and handle minor issues before they turn into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
You can still have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outside AC Unit
Pick a warm day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These components are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your system.
You need to be cautious with these fragile coils. Warped or crinkled fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, dig out leaves and other yard waste. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering water from the inside out. Put the fan back in 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 working correctly, give us a call at 402-509-5940.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be replaced every several months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember when you last checked yours? Pull it out and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can sanitize it by flowing diluted bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your regular tune-up!