The weather is warm enough for you to finally start thinking about turning on your AC unit for the very first time. However, in order for you to do that you need to give your outdoor unit the spring cleaning it desperately needs! Follow these steps and your AC unit will be ready for your annual tune-up.
Step 1: First things first, power down the outdoor unit (the condenser). If you cannot find the power switch you can always switch off the circuit it’s connected to on the main electrical panel of the house.
Step 2: The condenser fins are like fan blades that bring air into the unit, however, they’ll also suck up dirt and other debris into the unit. Carefully remove its cover so you can clean these fins off, thus allowing the condenser to have efficient airflow. Use a vacuum with the soft brush attachment as the fins can be easily bent or damaged.
Step 3: Check the lubrication ports on the fan motor of the condenser fins. If the motor needs oil, apply roughly five drops of the appropriate oil to each lubrication port. Check the owner’s manual or call the manufacturer to find out which oil is recommended.
Step 4: Make sure the area around the outdoor condenser is cleared of any debris. Trim any bushes that are too close to the unit and clear the area of any leaves that could get sucked up by the condenser fins. There should be no debris or possible obstructions within a 2 foot radius of the AC unit.
Step 5: The final step is to turn the power to the condenser back on and call your local HVAC company for an annual service. Having a professional inspect and service your unit will let you know if anything needs repair and will allow the unit to work at its highest efficiency this spring and summer. Once the HVAC technician gives you the okay, you are free to use the AC as you please!
Before you go ahead and turn on your AC this spring, make sure you give it the spring cleaning it deserves! When your AC unit needs repair or a professional tune-up, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.