Spring cleaning your home and yard prepares you for another season of fun in the sun. If you are like most people, you probably put a lot of energy into removing the dirt and dust that has accumulated inside your home during the winter. While this does get surfaces sparkling clean, it doesn’t do much for the air you breathe. That’s why cleaning your AC unit should be on the top of your list too. Cleaning your air conditioner means you will have improved air quality and fresh, cool air when you need it. Here’s what you need to do:
Change the Filters
AC filters work hard to remove contaminants like dust, pet hair and pet dander from the air, but they can get clogged causing your air conditioning unit to work harder than it needs to and decreasing its efficiency. To get the most out of your AC unit, you should change the air filters every month or two, depending on your location and living conditioners. Pet owners or people living in dusty areas may need to change the filter more frequently. Changing it now and keeping extras on hand will help you keep your air clean and improve the efficiency of your AC as well.
Clean Drainage Holes
To work properly, your air conditioner needs to drain away water that forms as it cools and conditions the air. Drainage holes, located at the back of the unit can get clogged and prevent your AC from draining properly. This means putting more stress on your unit and decreasing its efficiency. It may also mean your AC will not remove the humidity from the air like it should. Use a paperclip to clean out the drainage hole while doing your spring cleaning to keep your AC unit running smoothly.
Clean the Outside
Head outside and clean the compressor. This unit can get covered with fallen debris, like leaves, cones and plant parts, or even get clogged with floating seeds and fluffy seed heads. Here’s how to clean the outside unit:
- Remove the debris on or around the unit.
- Cut back plants or shrubs closer than 2 feet from the unit.
- Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently clean the fins. These bend easily and can be damaged by rough handling.
- Straighten any bent fins with a fin comb. If you do not have a fin comb, use a table knife to gently bend the fins back into place.
- Hose down the fins to remove any stubborn dirt or debris.
Schedule a Maintenance Call
Now is a good time to call your HVAC contractors to have your air conditioning unit serviced. This pre-season servicing will allow your contractors to lubricate moving parts and to check that everything is working properly. Experienced HVAC contractors can spot and correct potential problems before they turn into major issues, saving you money on costly repairs and emergency calls. To schedule your pre-season service, contact us today at Buckeye Heating & Cooling.