With summer ending in Manassas, now is a good time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it recently, it could be blocked with dust and yard refuse. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to break down. Or make it wear out sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? A clean unit can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy expenses.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of minor issues before they become expensive problems.
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Some of the work we perform 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 maintenance done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You only need about an hour to get the grime off your outdoor condenser unit, as well as a few components on your indoor HVAC system.
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Tips for Cleaning the Outside AC Unit
Pick a warm day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can test the unit once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of 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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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the power to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out waste from the unit. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These components are also called condenser coils and divert heat away from your equipment.
You need to be cautious with these fine coils. Bent or crumpled fins can affect efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Woody's Sudden Service should fix large amounts of damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After extracting the fan, dig out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then clean the inside of the unit with a wet cloth.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, showering water from the inside out. Replace the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
You can now restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not operating correctly, reach out to us a call at 703-278-2036.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the juice to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be exchanged every several months, depending on the type you use.
Can’t remember when you last replaced yours? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If you can’t see light through it, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a supple plastic tube. If it’s dirty, you can sanitize it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to clean the line. Or you can replace the tube.
Wash the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Woody's Sudden Service can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also offer handy service agreements, so you won’t forget to plan your routine maintenance!