With summer winding down in Lake Worth, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it this year, it could be blocked with dirt and yard waste. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement faster.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean unit 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 develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant levels and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a temperate day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful 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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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty rubbish from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be cautious with these fragile coils. Warped or crinkled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange misshapen fins. You can also buy a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Smyth Air Conditioning should take care of severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean 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 running properly, reach out to us a call at 561-533-6066.
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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 exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If light isn’t visible, buy 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 clean it by pouring thinned bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Smyth Air Conditioning can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine tune-up!