With summer winding down in Pocatello, now is an ideal time to get ahead on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t taken care of it recently, it could be full of dirt and yard waste. This buildup can reduce your unit’s efficiency and cause it to stop working. Or require replacement sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced once a year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility costs.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians spot and handle slight issues before they turn into costly 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 a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. It only takes about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a couple of components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outdoor AC Unit
Choose a mild day to scrub your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can test your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few tools:
- 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 Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Remove rubbish from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also known as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these delicate coils. Warped or crushed fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Vogts Heating & Air should take care of severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you have to have is water. Use light pressure from a hose nozzle to rinse the fins, directing water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
Now it’s time to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not working like it should, reach out to us a call at 208-621-0129.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters need to be exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Take it out 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 flexible plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can sanitize it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and turn the power back on.
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Don’t Forget About Maintenance Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Vogts Heating & Air can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your regular service!