With summer coming to an end in Bartlesville, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be full of dirt and debris from your yard. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or require replacement more quickly.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility expenses.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and address slight issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we complete includes:
- Taking a look at the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Pick a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check your system 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
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then use the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and transfer heat away from your unit.
You need to be cautious with these fine coils. Warped or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part website. A pro from Farris Heating & Air should handle large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working like it should, give us a call at 918-333-0376.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be changed every few months, depending on the model you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Take it out 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 inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by draining watered-down bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and restore power.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Farris Heating & Air can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your regular tune-up!