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Newberg Air Conditioning: DIY Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Your AC

 

Many homeowners overlook the importance of regular air conditioning unit maintenance in reducing the number of energy expenses and the cost of early replacement, as well as in extending the lifespan of their AC. According to HVAC experts, an AC requires regular attention to make sure that it is operating at its maximum efficiency and to prevent wear over time. The Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning or HVAC system is consisting ot either a furnace and AC or heat pump for cooling and heating, with interior components like evaporator and blower, and exterior components such as compressor and condenser coil. The tips and tricks we will share with you applied to whole-home AC or heat pump unit.

 

There is a great danger of working with electricity and your AC's moving parts, so it is essential to turn off the power completely and unplug it from the outlet or power source. On the exterior compressor or condenser, find the exterior shut-off box adjacent to the unit, and turn off the power indoors at the breaker box. Next, remove the debris by removing the fan cage using a wrench or screwdriver to remove the fasteners and lift the fan grill or the cage away from the top of the unit, then use a vacuum to remove the debris from the interior. Use a strong stream from a garden hose to clean the fins, spraying inside out to blast any buildup of dirt and debris, and prevent using a pressure washer that may damage the fins. Any reduction in your units air-flow reduces efficiency, so it is important to straighten bent fins using a commercially available fin straightening tool or butter knife to gently straighten bent fins. Replace the fan cage once you are done cleaning, rake back debris and leaves outside the condenser and cut any branch, grass or vegetation at least two feet in all directions to ensure unobstructed airflow around the unit. Please view this site http://planethvac.com/services/air-conditioning/ for further details. 

 

A condenser that is out-of-level can cause wear and eventual unit failure, so check the level and use rot-resistant shims to level it. You need to remove foil duct tapes and unscrew bolts and screws to clean the evaporator coils, dust the coils using a soft brush, spray a commercially available no-rinse coil cleaner, drain drip into the pan, and clean the pan with soap, hot water, and bleach. To clear any growing biological matter for plugged evaporator, use wet/dry vacuum for 2-3 minutes then turn off. Change the blower filter at least twice a year before the heating season begins. You can visit our website or homepage for professional HVAC services. Kindly visit this website http://planethvac.com/services/furnace/ for more useful reference.