With summer coming to an end in Kankakee, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be full of dust and yard waste. This collection can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or require replacement sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? Clean equipment can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric bills.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they develop into costly problems.
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Some of the work we do consists of:
- Inspecting the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant levels and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some upkeep you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outdoor AC Unit
Choose a warm day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is ideal. That way, you can check your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple 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 Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Bent or crushed fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating should take care of large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard litter. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering 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 running like it should, contact us a call at 815-933-8213.
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After, Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be replaced every couple of months, depending on the kind you use.
Can’t remember 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 sanitize it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also have convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your routine tune-up!