There are many factors that contribute to the air conditioner effectively cooling the home efficiently. With professional services and homeowner care your units can last to their projected lifespan, use minimal energy offering effective operating costs, preserve their condition, and operate at their full potential. A part of that care is ensuring the outdoor unit is clean. Not only will the efficiency improve but so will the operating cost. It is ideal to let a professional do the cleaning, but if you want to take on the project, we at Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like to take the opportunity to relate some steps and tips on how to get it done.
Equipment Needed to Clean AC Condenser
Cleaning your condenser unit two times a year is sufficient generally speaking, once just before you start using the cooling system and then just before you start using the heat system. For this project, you will need the following:
– Fin Comb
– Garden Hose
– Pipe Cleaner or Soft-Bristled Brush
– Replacement filter
– Shop vacuum
How to Clean Outside Central Air Conditioner Unit
Preparation to clean outdoor ac unit: Start by removing leaves, branches, sticks or other debris that may be around or on your outdoor AC unit. If any weeds have encroached around the unit, pull them out, trim back any grass and prune any trees and shrubs away from the outdoor unit. There should be at least 3 feet of clearance around the unit. Ensure ay debris, clutter, vegetation, and so on is completely cleared away and cleaned from the surrounding area. Make certain that the AC unit is sitting level as well.
Condenser cleaning: An important note; do not clean the unit unless it is turned off. A wet/dry vacuum with soft-bristled attachment will extract any dust, dirt, or other small debris from your unit and within the fins that wasn’t easily cleared away. A fin comb or even a butter knife or other thin object is effective for straightening if any of the fins are bent and need to be straightened to their original position.
Air conditioning filters: Next locate the AC’s filter if it the reusable type, remove it and with a strong spray nasal attachment to the garden hose, spray away the debris. If you are uncertain where it is, consult the owner’s manual. If the filter is made of fiber or cardboard, replace the dirty one. Normally the top access panel includes the vent opening; simply remove it by taking out the screw and carefully placing the panel aside. The condenser coils collect dust, dirt, debris and other build-up that impedes the function of the unit. Using the shop vac is exceptional way to clean the bulk of the debris. Use the garden hose, without the pressure nozzle to spray away the remaining the residues. Use caution using the vacuum and hose to avoid causing damage to the coils or fins.
Fan blade cleaning: Typically, you can use a damp cloth to clean off the fan blades and if the fan vents and vacuum or wipe away any build-up of debris. After everything is clean and the layers of dust and debris are thoroughly removed, replace the access panel and secure it with the screws. Flip the unit back on after it is replaced.