Keeping your AC unit or system well-maintained has become part and parcel of today’s lifestyle. If not done properly and regularly, you may have to face huge botheration physically, mentally and financially. Admittedly, it is not always necessary to call over professional experts to clean your AC unit. You can get the most of your AC system by following these simple AC maintenance tips yourself. However, you must require to contract with a professional for your aircon gas refill.
Cleaning the external unit, the condenser
You must be extra vigilant about the condenser as it is one of the most critical parts of the air conditioning system. Always keep an eye on it for faults and mishaps. Usually, the condenser is found outside, but you can also place it in the garage or attic, depending upon the type. It carries copper tubes, usually covered by a foam layer, from it to the internal unit inside your room. Heat transfer is the principle on which your AC condenser works, cooling the air blown inside and drawing warm air out from inside the room. Following are the seven tips you should follow to run a regular air conditioning service schedule so that your unit may remain in top working condition.
- Power off the main switch
Before you begin to clean your unit, make sure that power is not running through it. This can be best done if you cut out the power supply to your AC unit by any means.
- Clean the debris from the fins and the area around your unit
You will observe that most of the debris has got stuck to the condenser fins. It needs to be cleared away carefully. You may clean it first by using a rough paint brush to dislodge the easily removable debris. Then you can clean the finer debris or dust particles with your vacuum cleaner and brush attachment. Besides, you must keep a 2 ft radius area surrounding the unit free from any plant growth or other objects.
- Deep clean the condenser fan
This is the area most susceptible to catch dust, debris and even leaves. These must be removed away at regular intervals. The best and easiest way to do so is by wiping it down with a damp cloth and then letting it dry on its own.
- Clean up and straighten the air conditioner fins
Sometimes, gunk and dirt get accumulated on your AC fins and it turns out too hard to remove them from there with a brush. Here, you must try using an old dinner knife to scrape away any stuck on debris from the AC fins. You may clean those best by spraying water with a garden hose equipped with a hose nozzle. You should also reshape if any of the fins have got bent over time.
Cleaning the internal unit, the evaporator and blower
The evaporator unit installed inside is responsible for cooling or heating the air inside your house. The rate of its working depends upon how much dirty or clean its coils are. If you do not want any drops in its efficiency, you should keep cleaning its coils regularly.
- Clean the evaporator coils
To begin with, you should use a soft brush to get dust out of the way. Afterwards, you may spray these coils with a no-rinse coil cleaner. However, mild detergents and water mixture can also do the trick in this regard.
- Clean the evaporator drain
A drain clogged up due to the buildup of algae and molds can cause the unit to cease functioning until it is drained of water. Clogging can emanate bad odour from the unit which may cause nausea to the inmates. You must use a vacuum cleaner to unplug your evaporator drain.
- Change the blower filter
You should change your blower filter at least twice a year, at the start of the heating and the cooling seasons. However, dusty environments activate an additional change of blower filter. Removing the blower filter present in the enclosure at the end of the fresh air return duct is a simple process.
Having been through all the steps, you may now turn on the power and check if your AC unit is working properly now.