With summer winding down in Norco and St. Charles Parish, now is a good time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it recently, it could be blocked with dust and debris from your yard. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or make it wear out faster.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally tuned-up annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Routine AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and take care of minor issues before they develop into high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we complete consists of:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Confirming pressure and temperature
- Reviewing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
It’s not too late to have maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepped for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance 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 several parts on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to wash your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check 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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Five Steps to Follow as You Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Switch off the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove waste from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to cautiously clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also called condenser coils and transfer heat away from your equipment.
You need to be cautious with these fragile coils. Warped or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to rearrange misshapen fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Mayeuxs AC & Heating should handle severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard waste. Then mop the inside of the unit with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, spraying water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating correctly, reach out to us a call at (985) 764-2426.
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Next, How You Can 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 replaced every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last put in a new one? Remove it 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 inspect your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can clean it by flowing watered-down bleach through the tube to sanitize the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Connect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Mayeuxs AC & Heating can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide convenient service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your annual tune-up!