Are you preparing your list of spring-cleaning tasks? If you are, then perhaps getting your central air conditioning system ready for the warmer months is on that list. Although having a yearly maintenance inspection on your a/c system is recommended, what are some things you can do to help keep it well maintained? Here are a few tips on how to clean it after those long winter months.
A good amount of debris and dirt accumulates around the outside of the a/c unit during the winter, after you have cleared the area of leaves, branches and other rubbish, remove the cover of the unit and clean all the dirt and debris that will have collected inside the unit as well. Inside the unit, you should also see hundreds of metal fins surrounding piping coils. These metal fins are prone to bend easily, however, a tool called a fin comb can be used to straighten them out.
You should also observe drainage lines attached to the unit which allows for the condensed water to drain away from the unit. Give these lines a thorough check to make sure they are in good shape and have not become blocked up and ensure they are securely attached to the unit.
The filters are a very important part of the a/c unit and if they are in bad shape they could affect the quality of air coming into the home. Give them a good clean or, if they look too bad, replace them altogether. Be sure to check these filters regularly when the unit is used a lot. Dirty air filters will not only reduce air quality but also place extra strain on the motor.
Before you go ahead and oil the motor, check the operating manual first to be sure you use the right type of oil.
A well-maintained central air conditioning system will mean a comfortable and cool home throughout the warm summer months.