Keeping your home air conditioning unit clean is an important step toward ensuring that it serves you well for many years. But many homeowners never bother to clean their systems or call out a professional to do the job for them — and they pay the price in inefficient operation and premature system failure.
Don’t let that happen to you.
The most important thing you can do is replace or clean all filters as often as recommended by the manufacturer — or more often if you live in a particularly dusty area. Disposable filters must be replaced, but reusable filters can be vacuumed or hosed off as indicated in your owner’s manual.
To properly clean your home air conditioning unit, you must tackle both the indoor component and the outdoor component. Before doing any cleaning, turn off the power to the unit at the circuit breaker, not just at the thermostat. Inside, vacuum away all visible dust and remove debris near the unit. Then, remove the cover and vacuum away and dust inside, being careful not to dislodge and components and cause damage.
After turning off the power to this unit outside, clear away debris, grass and insects from around it. Use pesticide to eliminate any nearby ants or other insects that can get inside components of your HVAC system and cause a failure.
Then, remove the top grill and panel and vacuum away any debris that will come loose. Cover the motor with a plastic garbage bag and use a stiff brush to remove dirt from around it. Spray with a garden hose or a recommended cleaning product to loosen dirt. Be sure to wipe down the fan blades too. Be careful when cleaning the outside of the unit not to bend or damage any of the fins. These are crucial to the operation of your unit.
If this sounds like a lot of work, it is. But it’s essential to keeping a system working properly.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do the work yourself. Eliminate the hassles by calling Sumners Heating and Air Conditioning to perform these air conditioner cleaning services for you. Forget about the risk of damaging your unit by doing something incorrectly when you turn to professionals. And remember than professionals may be able to spot failed or failing parts during a cleaning so problems can be fixed before they lead to an inconvenient failure.
Whatever you do, don’t let a summer go by without thoroughly and properly cleaning your home air conditioning system.