You want to make sure you are ready for the change in the weather. The weather will start to change and the warmer temperatures are when people start to change how they live their life. Most people are preparing by cleaning out the house and removing the winter gear. You might also decide you want to have your air conditioner inspected and maintained. This is a way to ensure that the unit is ready to take on cooling the house when it is hot outdoors. There are some things that should be done to your unit before you start to use it. The more you do in terms of cleaning and maintenance on the unit the better it will work and the longer it will last. You want to make sure that you know what to do and what needs to be cleaned. NY NJ AC Connection outlines how to clean your outdoor condenser air conditioning unit.
Turn Power Off to Air Conditioner
The part of the unit that is outside the house can become dirty and damaged because it is out in the elements. This means that through the year the unit is being pelted with rain, snow, wind, dirt and more. That means that as it sits not being used it can become dirty which is a problem when it comes to efficiency. You want to make sure that you have a plan to clean the unit before you start to use it. There is electricity and that is why you want to make sure that you power off the unit. This is something that has to be done to ensure that you are safe when cleaning. You can go to the electrical panel and shut the breaker off at the main panel. The breaker will be labeled with the AC unit so that you know which one to shut off. Then you can start the work that needs to be done.
Clean Outer Casing of Air Conditioner Condenser Unit
Next you want to go to the unit that is outside the house and start to clean away any debris that is around the area. You want to remove any trees and plants that might be encroaching on the unit. You also want to pull off any leaves and other debris that is on the actual casing that have fallen or blown onto the unit. This is to ensure that these same pieces of debris are not getting on the moving and working parts of the unit. Once that area has been cleaned off you can then move onto removing the case. This may require moving some screws out so that you can take it off and set it aside.
Clean AC Fan Blades & Coils
Once you have removed the case you can then take your vacuum and use the attachment to clean away the dirt and the debris that has been building up. You want to make sure that you are careful so that you do not cause any damage. You want to move the vacuum with the lines of the blades and the coils as well. You also want to make sure that you vacuum out the base of the unit as well. Then you can replace your case and turn the power back on.