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How Can I Safely Clean My AC Unit For The End Of The Season?

Cleaning your AC unit requires the involvement of a reliable air conditioning contractor. However, if you wish to do-it-yourself, it is possible to clean the exterior condenser of the facility, as well as accessible parts of the indoor evaporator comfortably. This exercise should be conducted at least once every year and once complete, ensure the outdoor temperature is at 60°F to test the unit accurately.

Cleaning the Exterior Condenser

The ability of your AC unit to cool your home is often inhibited by dirt and other debris, which block the flow of air. As you clean the exterior by following the simple steps below, the primary focus is the fins encasing this unit.

1. Turn off the power supplying the unit and the electrical panel as well.

2. Clear off the grass, dirt, leaves and other debris from the fins using a vacuum cleaner, which has a soft-bristled attachment.

3. Clean the vegetation and debris on the condenser.

4. Straighten bent fins using a fin comb or other thin object, and this should be done gently without making contact with the copper tubes.

5. Remove the top grille and retrieve the fan to wipe the interior.

6. Use moderate water pressure and a garden hose to spray the fins from inside and then reinstall the fan.

7. Turn on the electricity and ensure the thermostat is set at "cool." After 10 minutes, feel the tubing to ensure the unit is working properly.

Cleaning Interior Air Conditioning Components

Any dirt in your indoor air conditioning component diminishes air quality and lowers efficiency. You can prevent that by cleaning the air conditioner with this step-by-step procedure.

1. Turn off the power at the furnace switch and main electrical panel.

2. Remove the furnace filter and if necessary, replace it with a new one.

3. Open the panel to reveal the blower and vacuum away the dirt and debris gently.

4. Disconnect the condensation drain tube gently, and you can either clean it with bleach and water solution or replace it altogether.

5. Clean the drain port using a pipe cleaner or soft-bristled brush and reconnect the drain tube.

6. Turn the power back on.

Reach out for the help of a professional like Baltimore Heating & Cooling if you cannot handle the task, and remember to plan for scheduled maintenance of the AC unit. Contact us today at 410-242-7177.

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