Spring is here and we all know that means it's time for some spring cleaning! Spring cleaning your house, getting rid of clothes, and reorganizing. It's also time for "spring cleaning" your air conditioner.
You’re about to turn your air conditioner on for the first time in possibly months. Before you change that thermostat setting from heat to cool, you should consider getting your air conditioner cleaned and checked (also known as planned maintenance for our planned maintenance program customers) by a certified technician or follow our "Spring Cleaning" guide below to clean and check it yourself. It's important to perform regular maintenance to make sure the air conditioner is working efficiently. Not only does regular maintenance extend the life of your air conditioner, but it can save you money and prevent costly breakdowns.
How to “Spring Clean” Your Air Conditioner
Check, clean, or replace your filter
Dirty filters make a heating and cooling system work hard to cool a home. Regularly checking your filter is a great way to make sure your system is running the best it can.
Clean condenser coils and evaporator coils
Coils can tend to get blocked up with dirt, dust, or ice. Make sure that coils stay clean and remove any blockages if safe to do so.
Take off air conditioner cover (if you have one) before starting the air conditioner.
It is very important to remember to take off your air conditioner cover before you start your air conditioner. Air conditioner covers are used in the winter to cover the ac unit so that debris, leaves, snow, or ice doesn't get inside it.
Remove debris from air conditioner (leaves, snow, ice, dirt, grass)
The air conditioner sits outside the home so its prone to get debris stuck in it. To clean, make sure the system is off, then remove any sticks, ice, snow, or leaves that are found in or on the air conditioner. Also, if you have an air conditioner cover, please remember to take this off before starting up your air conditioner.
Straighten coil fins
Make sure the system is off before straightening the coil fins. Gently straighten the fins so there are no bends in them.
Clean condensate drains
Make sure the condensate drain is clean and free from blockages.
Check window seals for mini splits
If you have a mini split in your home, make sure to check the seal around the unit. This will ensure that you aren’t losing energy in your home.
When to Hire a Professional
If you aren’t sure how to do the things mentioned above or if you think your air conditioner isn’t cooling like it should, then you should contact Faszold Service Co., a professional heating and cooling company in O'Fallon, Missouri, and have our skilled technicians perform a clean and check or maintenance check on your air conditioner. Our certified service techs will not only clean and check your air conditioner and make sure it’s working efficiently, but they can address and fix any issues your system might have including:
- Check to make sure the unit has the right amount of refrigerant
- Use a leak detector to test for refrigerant leaks
- Check and seal any duct leakage found
- Measure air flow through the evaporator coil
- Inspect electrical components of the central unit
- Oil motors and check belts
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner and Central Unit with a Planned Maintenance Agreement from Faszold
Signing up for our Planned Maintenance Program, also known as a PMA Planned Maintenance Agreement, can ensure that your systems both air conditioner in the spring and furnace in the winter are regularly maintained and running as efficiently as possible. If you become a member of Faszold’s planned maintenance program, we will contact you to let you know its time to schedule your clean and check or maintenance check. We also offer special discounts on parts and labor to our PMA customers. Based on your system needs, we offer three options. Pick the program that works best for you.
By maintaining your air conditioner, you are prolonging the life of your central heating and cooling system saving you money and preventing early breakdowns.