With summer winding down in Shreveport, now is an ideal time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be full of dust and yard refuse. This buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement more quickly.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on electric costs.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and address slight issues before they develop into expensive problems.
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Some of the work we do involves:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant totals and connections
You can still have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do on your own between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a mild day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can run your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a couple of things:
- 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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5 Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then run the vacuum to gently clean the metallic fins. These parts are also called as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be cautious with these fine coils. Warped or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance parts website. A pro from Moon's Air should take care of extensive damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, fish out leaves and other yard litter. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you should use is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating correctly, give us a call at 318-215-7938.
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3 Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every several months, depending on the model you use.
Can’t remember when you last put in a new one? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can clean it by flowing water-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Moon's Air can make your equipment more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your regular maintenance!