You will often find an air conditioning unit on the ground or on the top of the roof of many residential and commercial buildings. To ensure the air conditioner achieves longevity and high performance each year, it is essential to have the outdoor air conditioner cleaned at least once a year. There are many aspects of cleaning the outdoor air conditioning unit and today Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share how to properly clean an outdoor air conditioning unit for proper performance.
How Often Should Aircon Be Cleaned
Many will ask how often you should have your air conditioner cleaned. In most cases, it is suggested at least twice a year. Once during spring and the second time during the fall to help prepare the HVAC system for the upcoming extreme temperatures. This will help improve the HVAC systems performance as well as detect any worn down or broken components.
Tools & Equipment Needed to Clean AC Unit
Before you begin cleaning your outdoor air conditioning unit, you will need a few essential tools. Make sure you have a garden hose with a high power attachment, a shop vacuum cleaner, a screwdriver, a soft bristled brush, rags, a fine toothed comb, and replacement filters. After you have gathered the needed tools, you will want to begin basic preparation. For ground units, clear away all of the grass, weeds, and other forms of debris or clutter away from the unit. Make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around a ground air conditioning unit to insure that no plant matter or debris gets inside the unit. For roof top units, again clear away any debris including bird nests, feathers, twigs, and leaves that could get caught up inside the air conditioner.
How to Clean Air Conditioner Condenser
Next you will want to make sure the air conditioner is powered off before you begin cleaning it. Use the shop vacuum to clean up around the air conditioner. With a soft bristled attachment, make sure you vacuum the fins or the outer metal grill. If any of the fins are bent, use the comb or even a butter knife to straighten the fins back out for proper circulation. The air conditioner unit has an air filter. The location varies depending on the model. Locate the air filter and see if it needs replacing. Some air filters are washable, so either wash out or replace the air filter. Next you will want to unscrew the access panel. Each model varies but most are on the top or side of the air conditioner. After removing the access panel, you now have access to the condenser coils. Inspect them for any damages. Then clean around the condenser coil using the shop vacuum. You may need a brush to help loosen compacted debris. After you finish vacuuming up all of the dirt and debris, use a garden hose and wash the coils and the fins of the air conditioner. Rinse the fan as well and use a rag to wipe them clean. Do one final rinse and then replace the access panel. Make sure you screw it back down tightly.
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While you’re cleaning the air conditioner, make sure you look for any damages including wiring and rust. You may want to lubricate the fan. However, for major tune ups it is recommended you use a professional. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning can repair, maintain and clean your home’s HVAC system to ensure you stay cool during the summer and warm in the winter. For all of your HVAC needs, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning.