The warm weather is on its way and people are ready to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. This also means you need to be ready to take on the spring cleaning that usually occurs at this same time. You might get all your winter gear packed up and put in storage. You might get the yard cleaned up and ready for the bloom of new life that comes out. You also need to be ready to deal with warm temperatures that can start to make your home feel uncomfortable. That is why you want to include in your spring prep cleaning and maintenance on your AC unit. One of the things that is problematic when you are ready to start using your AC unit is that it has sat for many months collecting dust and dirt. You want to make sure you know what to do to clean it off so that it is able to work efficiently. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning outlines what you need to know about cleaning your condenser coils.
Turn Off Air Conditioner
You want to make sure you know what you are doing, and if you don’t, it is always best to call a professional to do an inspection and maintenance on the unit. If you want to clean the condenser coils you want to start with turning off the power. You will be touching and taking parts of the unit apart and that can be dangerous. That is why it is best to shut off the power. You can do this by the unit outside or you can even use the breaker in the electrical panel. This will stop the flow of energy so that you can work on the unit and get it cleaned.
How Do You Get Leaves & Debris Out of Outside AC Unit?
Once you know that your unit is powered off you can get to work. You will likely notice that there are leaves, sticks, dirt and dust on the unit that has collected over time and attached to the unit and the coils themselves. You want to start with what you can remove with your hands. This can be leaves and other debris that is easy to grab and toss in the garbage. You want to make sure that it is bagged and removed so that it does not get back on the unit when you star top run it.
What Can I Use to Clean Condenser Coils?
Now that you have removed what you can you can use your shop vacuum to run along the outer case of the unit. This is a good way to reduce what will fall in on the unit when you remove the case. You can use an up and down motion to clean the casing. Then you want to remove the casing so that you have the coils exposed. You will likely see that there is debris in the base of the unit that you can use your hose attachment to remove. Then you can make sure that you gently remove the dirt and build up on the blades of the unit as well as the coils with the vacuum. Then you want to put the unit back together and turn it on.