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How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

Regular cleaning of your air conditioner brings numerous benefits, such as increased efficiency and improved indoor air quality. Dust and debris tend to accumulate in your AC system over time and with seasonal changes, which can reduce its effectiveness and spread allergens throughout your home. Moreover, routine cleaning allows you to identify and address potential issues before they develop into more serious problems.

To better understand the importance of maintaining your air conditioner, alongside how to clean it yourself, in this article we’ll explain:

We’ll also take a look at the benefits of professional AC maintenance, as trained technicians can inspect, clean, and address potential AC issues more effectively than basic DIY methods.

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Schedule a professional AC tune-up today to ensure your cooling system runs efficiently, saves you money on energy bills, and provides optimal indoor air quality. The highly experienced technicians at Cooper Heating and Cooling are ready to optimize your AC’s performance with a thorough inspection and cleaning service. Plus, we make scheduling easy with convenient appointment windows and fast response times.

Why Clean Your Air Conditioner?

Cleaning your air conditioner enhances its efficiency and performance, ensuring it operates at full capacity. Dust and debris can obstruct airflow, forcing your unit to work harder and potentially circulating allergens throughout your home, which may lead to health problems. Moreover, these particulates cause wear and tear on the internal components of your AC, increasing the likelihood of breakdowns as the unit struggles to function. Additionally, a clean air conditioner operating at peak efficiency consumes less electricity, helping you save on energy costs, especially during the summer months.

Supplies You’ll Need

Now, let’s explore how to clean your air conditioner. To start, you’ll need to gather some supplies. Collecting everything beforehand ensures you’re prepared for the job and have exactly what you need for effective AC cleaning.

  • Safety gear like gloves and goggles 
  • Screwdriver or wrench
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Fin comb
  • Coil cleaner
  • Garden hose
  • Vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment
  • Clean, lint-free rags or cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Spray bottle

Key Maintenance Tasks to Keep Your AC Running Smoothly

Maintaining your air conditioner is crucial for enhancing its efficiency and extending its lifespan. While some homeowners may consider cleaning their AC unit themselves to save on costs, it’s important to understand the risks involved. This guide outlines the fundamental steps typically performed by professionals during AC maintenance. We strongly recommend hiring a professional to handle these tasks to avoid unintentional damage that could lead to expensive repairs.

  1. Power Shutdown: Begin by turning off the power to ensure safety. This includes turning off or removing the disconnect at your AC unit and shutting down the breaker at the main electrical box.
  2. Filter Replacement: Replace or clean the air filter, ensuring it matches the correct Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. This filter is critical as it is used by both your furnace and air conditioner, located in the furnace or registers.
  3. Access Panel Removal: Use the appropriate tools, like a screwdriver or wrench, to remove the access panels on your outdoor unit, exposing the internal condenser coils.
  4. Fin Maintenance: Straighten any bent fins using a fin comb to maintain airflow efficiency.
  5. Coil Cleaning: Gently rinse the external condenser coils with a garden hose, avoiding high pressure that could damage the coils.
  6. Drain Line Inspection and Cleaning: Check the indoor drain line for any signs of clogs, algae, or mold buildup. Flush the line using water and a mild detergent to ensure it is clear of obstructions.
  7. Fan Blade Cleaning: Remove any accumulated dirt and debris from the fan blades using a soft cloth or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the blades.
  8. Motor Lubrication: If the manufacturer recommends, lubricate the fan motor to ensure smooth operation. This is something that a professional HVAC technician will know how to do.
  9. Operation Monitoring: After cleaning, monitor the air conditioner to ensure it is functioning correctly.

While performing these steps yourself might seem like a cost-effective solution, improper handling without the right knowledge or tools can lead to significant damage, ultimately resulting in higher repair costs. Therefore, to safeguard your investment and ensure optimal performance, we advise contacting a qualified professional who can safely and effectively maintain your AC unit. This approach not only helps prevent potential issues but also maintains the unit’s warranty in many cases.

The Benefits of Professional AC Maintenance

Feeling overwhelmed by the process of cleaning your AC? Not to worry– most homeowners find it less stressful to let trained HVAC professionals handle the cleaning of their AC units. Experts have the right tools and know-how to clean your system thoroughly without causing any damage. They can also spot small problems that you might miss, like leaks or worn-out parts. Fixing these early on can save you from bigger, more expensive repairs later. Plus, these technicians know how to safely handle all parts of your AC, including the refrigerants and electrical components, keeping your system and your home safe. With their help, your air conditioner will run more efficiently and last longer.

Additionally, some manufacturers require professional AC maintenance for warranty compliance, ensuring you stay protected for the entire period covered.

Have you scheduled your springtime AC tune-up yet?

Spring is the perfect time to ensure your AC is ready for the summer heat. Contact the Cooper Green Team for an AC tune-up today, and we’ll help keep your AC unit running at peak efficiency, no matter how scorching the Colorado summer temperatures get. We provide fast, convenient scheduling and clear, upfront pricing. Plus, if you need any AC repairs, we can fix them during the very same visit.

Luke Cooper

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