Can I Clean My Air Conditioner Myself?
Are you wondering how to clean an air conditioner? Many homeowners worry about the cost of servicing household equipment. Being able to save money through doing your own maintenance work may be a motivation in cleaning your unit. However, it’s also possible to create bigger expenses by damaging vital components of your AC system if you aren’t careful. There are some air conditioner maintenance tasks that can be handled on your own. Other tasks are better left to certified professionals.
AC Cleaning for the Homeowner
One of the most important tasks that you can perform in keeping your air conditioner clean is monitoring and changing your filter. Surprisingly, this is often neglected. Unfortunately, a dirty filter can cost a lot of money over time. The restriction of your airflow can lead to extra stress on your AC compressor. It can also lead to poor climate control in your home, often causing unnecessary adjustment of thermostat settings.
Your filter is designed to protect the inside unit of your air conditioner by keeping circulating particulates from reaching your coils and blower parts. Start your cooling season with a new filter, and check every month to evaluate its condition. You can also vacuum the area that holds the filter to remove dust. Additionally, consider vacuuming or wiping the grate that covers the filter to limit the introduction of particulates into the interior components of the system.
You can clean the exterior of your outdoor unit by removing debris that may settle on or around the equipment. This is especially important after storms that cause a lot of dust and material to move through the area. You can brush away dust that may settle on the unit. However, leave any work on the interior of the unit to an HVAC professional.
Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance
The inside unit of your system can become very dirty. In addition to harboring dust that makes its way beyond the air filter, the coils and components inside can become very moist. The grimy layer that develops can be tough to remove, requiring special cleaning solutions and tools. Although some homeowners attempt to scrub the parts on their own, it’s possible to damage fins of the coils and affect the performance of the system. Some homeowners use household cleaning products, not thinking about the fact that the related fumes may be introduced into the airstream.
Your drain pan and lines should also be professionally cleaned to ensure that condensate liquids are able to move out of the house easily. Your outside equipment should be inspected and cleaned by a certified technician who can evaluate the condition of electronic parts. Any necessary cleaning can be completed in the context of a comprehensive AC inspection.
Regular AC Tune-Ups
Conditioned Air, Inc., provides our Warner Robbins GA customers with complete air conditioner maintenance to ensure optimum home comfort and performance. We recommend spring cleaning so that you can be sure of a comfortable and affordable cooling season. You can contact our office to learn more or to schedule your tune-up today.