Having the outdoor unit cleaned as a part of regular care and maintenance for your air conditioner unit is essential, and most do not realize it. The outdoor unit easily collects dirt and debris on the surfaces especially on the cooling fins. Resulting in increased operating costs and energy usage, reducing the efficiency and expediting the wear and tear when the outdoor unit is overburdened with grass clippings, dust, leaves, and dirt. The unit’s performance is hindered. Once the heat is removed from the indoor air through the refrigeration cycle, the outdoor unit does its work. The condenser fan will assist in blowing air over the outdoor coils to release heat energy to the outside air. It will take a lot longer for the refrigerant to release the heat if the unit is clogged, and airflow impeded. We at NY NJ A/C Connection would like to share how you can clean the outdoor unit in an effort to help your air conditioning work more effectively.
What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your AC?
The air conditioner only takes longer to cool down the home when the unit is over encumbered with grit and grime as it wastes energy and money. The air conditioner could overheat and breakdown, particularly so on hotter days. Professional maintenance is essential for your air conditioning system and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns as well as managing the performance and energy usage. Either do it yourself or contact a professional for a cleaning service, you should have it cleaned in between maintenance services, where the technicians clean the outdoor unit impart of maintenance services. Below are the steps to clean the outdoor unit.
Supplies Needed to Clean AC Unit
The manual can help you select the right A/C coil cleaner, vacuum cleaner with the soft-brush upholstery attachment, garden hose equipped with pressurized nozzle attachment as well as gloves, eye protection, pants and long sleeve shirts.
What are the Steps in Cleaning the Air Conditioner?
1) Commonly found on the exterior wall, the electrical disconnect found in the metal box on the outside of the unit will need to be flipped off. Make certain the thermostat is switched to the “off” position.
2) Make certain it is switched off when you open the electrical disconnect, just be sure it is set to the “off” position, and/or pullout the plug.
3) Clear away the bulky debris while wearing protective gloves.
4) Delicately remove the debris from the condenser fins being careful to not bend the fins, with the vacuum hose and the soft-brush attachment.
5) Afterwards, by using the water hose and pressure attachment, remove the residues from the exterior.
6) According to the directions, administer the coil cleaner.
7) Let the cleaner foam and bonds with the dirt on the coils for about 10-15 minutes,
8) With your garden hose, rinse the coils well.
Central Air Conditioning Repair, Replacement, Maintenance & More in Manhattan, New York
Ideally at the start of spring and at the end of summer, the exterior unit should be cleaned twice a year. The outdoor unit needs a good cleaning no matter if you take the job yourself or hire a pro. Call the qualified experts of NY NJ A/C Connection and let us do the rest for air conditioning cleaning and/or maintenance services.