When your air conditioning is maintained regularly, it will not only reward you with fewer energy bills but also future costly repairs, extend its lifespan, highest efficient operation, and more. The best time considered for air conditioner maintenance Jacksonville is before the beginning of every cooling season. So when the time calls for some maintenance contact Weather Engineers.
An HVAC system is modeled off a heat pump or AC and a furnace that does both the job of heating and cooling. It has an exterior and an interior unit which must be maintained at all times for extra lifespan. When the following steps are carefully considered and followed, one can be assured of its smooth and safe AC running.
Step 1 – Shut off the Power
The first step is to take the necessary precautions. When you are working around the electricity make sure you shut off the power for safety reasons.
Step 2 – Remove Debris
The exterior compressor/condenser has the fan cage. Remove it using a wrench or a screwdriver and separate the fan grill from the unit. Once done, clean the inside parts of the unit by using a dry/wet vacuum. Clean off all the dust dirt debris and leaves that have been accumulating in the interior of the unit.
Step 3 – Clean the Fins
After removing the outer covers, use a brush attachment vacuum to clean and remove all the outside dirt. Then clean it using a gentle stream and spray through the fins to remove dirt or any debris built-up. When you are cleaning the fins, always remember not to use any pressure washer as it will damage the fins. One can also avail of fins cleaning spray from your nearest shop if your fins are hard to clean.
Step 4 – Straighten the Fins
Any reduction in the air-flow can reduce the efficiency of the fins. To straighten the fins carefully using a butter knife or a fin straightening tool. Be gentle in your work for you do not want to damage the fins. If you have accidentally damaged the fins during the cleaning process, contact ac maintenance Jacksonville FL at the earliest to avoid further damage.
Step 5 –Clean the area around the unit
Once done cleaning the fan cage area, do not forget to clean the surrounding area as well. Clean off any debris or rake-off leaves and keep it distanced for at least 2 feet. This will ensure smooth and proper airflow. During winter days, it is best advised to cover the unit top with a piece of plastic or plywood. This will keep the interior unit clean from leaves and all kinds of debris. But do not cover it completely as there are high chances of moisture build-up inside the unit.
Step 6 – Level the Unit
At times the condenser unit slips because of the soil that begins to settle beneath it. This will make the unit level fall early. It is best to use rot-resistant shims to keep the condenser unit in its perfect position.
Step 7 – Clean the Evaporator Coil
Coming to the interior part, check the furnace/blower unit. This will require removing off few foil duct tapes and screws and bolts. Then with the help of a soft brush, dust the coil and spray it with a no-rinse coil cleaner which is available in all stores near you. The spray will create foam and then will drop off from the drain pipe. Then clean the drain pan with hot water, soap, and a little bleach. You can also use a drain pan tablet in your drain pipe to keep it in good condition for a long time.
Step 8 – Clean the Clogged Evaporator Drain
The warm and humid air is blown from your interior through the evaporator coil. The heat from the air is absorbed by the cold coil before being circulated back in your place. The evaporation coil plays an important role in keeping your interior cool. So with time, it builds up mold and algae. Therefore clean the pipe with the help of a dry/wet vacuum to remove all kinds of dust and debris.
Step 9 – Change the Blower
The Boiler Filter must be changed twice a year before the beginning of the heating and cooling season. The change of filter depends upon your place as to how dusty it is. If it is a dusty area, consider changing it more often.
Step 10 – Turn the Power On
Turn the power on and enjoy your HVAC system working in its best condition.