Ready for Summer: How To Clean and Maintain Your AC Unit

male technician cleaning AC unit at home

Have you been staying at home to help #flattenthecurve?

It's not easy, especially after the novelty wears off, you've plowed through your Netflix and Hulu queues, and it feels like you have gained 10lbs from all the stress- and boredom-induced snacking. However, it's the right thing to do. 

While you're waiting out the virus, there are some household tasks to get done.

One of them is tending to your central air conditioner to keep your environment cool and calm as the temperatures start to rise. Here are some tips for how to clean your AC unit, start to finish!

1. First, An Overall Cleaning

Head outdoors to your AC unit and check out what kind of condition it's in.

Chances are it will be dirty and covered with a layer of leaves or other debris. Use a damp rag to clean it off, with some mild detergent or all-purpose cleanser if it seems necessary. You will likely need to do several passes before getting it sparkling again. 

Inside, do the same to the vents located in each room. You certainly don't want to be breathing in all that dust when the system fires up again.

2. Next, Tackle the Filters

This is probably the most important step to take when spring-cleaning your air conditioner unit, so give it the time and attention it deserves.

Dirty, clogged filters pose several problems. They can spew dust and unpleasant particulate into the air, reducing its quality.

What's more, the reduce the efficiency of your system. It must, therefore, work harder to produce the same level of cooling power — costing you more money!

Whether you deep-clean the filter, or replace it altogether, depends on your individual system. Not sure which way to go?

Contact the pros, like the HVAC techs at Bulldog Air Conditioning & Heating, who can either steer you in the right direction or get the job done for you.

Clean or change the HVAC filters at least twice per year, once in the spring before the AC is needed, and again in the fall when you switch over to the heating system.

3. Clear the Coils

Lastly, it is important to give the air conditioner's coils some TLC.

They can also become dirty and dusty. When that happens, airflow is reduced, and an inefficient layer of insulation builds up. That compromises the coils' ability to absorb heat, which is a key function of any AC system.

Keeping the filters maintained will help, but they can't eliminate all dust from collecting on the coils. Once you are done cleaning, trim any bushes or other foliage within 2' of the condenser to ensure adequate airflow.

Congrats! You Know How to Clean Your AC Unit

Let's face it: this isn't the most exciting chore ever.

But knowing how to clean your AC unit will be rewarding, come summertime. Spend a few hours now taking care of your system, so that it can take care of you and your family! 

Want to learn how to do some other household tasks? Have a look around our blog!


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