If you want to save on your energy bill, then you need to keep your air conditioner maintained. Do you know that you can keep your AC in shape yourself? In this article, we are providing 10 DIY steps for keeping your air conditioner running smoothly:
How to Keep Your AC Unit in Top Condition
Step 1. Shut Off the Power
This is an important safety measure. Electricity is dangerous, and it can cause death if mishandled. You need to make sure that the appliance is completely disconnected from the power supply. If possible have someone guarding the switch.
Step 2. Remove Debris
Starting with the outdoor unit, remove the fan cage on the exterior compressor. You can use a wrench or screwdriver to remove the fasteners and lift the fan grill away. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove debris from the interior.
Step 3. Clean the Fins
We, at Inverted Aircon highly recommend the use of the garden hose to spray through the fins from the inside. Avoid pressure washers since they can damage the fins. If the fins are too dirty, you should use a commercially available fin cleaning spray.
Step 4. Straighten the Fins
If the fins are bent, use a butter knife or a fin straightening tool to work on them. Be careful not to damage the tubing embedded within the fins.
Step 5. Clean Area Around The Unit
Once you’re done with cleaning, replace the fan cage. Then rake back leaves and all debris that has collected outside the condenser and remove branches or vegetation growing near it. If the AC is not in use (winter months) cover it to keep the debris away.
Step 6. Level the Unit
It’s possible that the pad upon which the unit sits may begin to tip as the soil settles or gets washed away. This may cause the compressor to function improperly. Check the level and if it has tipped, make sure that you corrected it.
Step 7. Clean the Evaporator Coil
Now that you’re done with the outdoor unit, start with the indoor unit. Start by cleaning the evaporator coil. You need to use a soft brush to dust off the coils and a no-rinse coil cleaner spray. Use a drain pan tablet to inhibit future algae growth.
Step 8. Clean a Plugged Evaporator Drain
This a very important step that you need to check. The condensed humidity forms water which drains via this route. If the drain is clogged, then you will have a problem with your system. Clean the mould and algae build up using a wet vacuum cleaner.
Step 9. Change the Blower Filter
This Filter should be changed at least twice a year. If possible, you need to change it before the hot season begins but if you live in a dusty area, you may need to change it more often. Check the airflow rating of the replacement.
Step 10. Turn the Power Back On
Once you are done with everything and the unit is completely sealed, you can turn the power back on. You should notice significant improvement in efficiency.