As the temperature outside starts to climb in Canberra, we all know what that means—it is time to turn on the air conditioning! But before you blast your AC and enjoy the cool breeze inside, have you considered giving your AC some TLC? A guide to cleaning your AC can help ensure optimal performance.
After all, regular cleaning and maintenance can extend the lifespan of your air conditioning unit and improve its performance. We will guide you through the process of cleaning your AC the right way with tips from a professional.
5 Basic Tips for Cleaning Your AC
1. Turn off the power
The first rule of cleaning your AC is to always turn off the power. You do not want to risk electrocution while working on your AC.
Find your electrical panel and switch off the power that connects to your AC. If you cannot find the panel or feel uncomfortable with turning off the power, call a professional.
2. Clean the exterior
Dirt, debris, and leaves can accumulate around your AC and can hinder its cooling performance. Take a hose or a bucket of soapy water and clean the exterior of the unit.
Be sure to remove any loose leaves or debris from the fins. Do not use a pressure washer as it can damage the fins.
3. Clean the air filters
Dirty air filters can reduce the efficiency of your AC and lead to poor air quality. Check your filters and replace them if they look dirty or clogged.
If your filters are reusable, remove them and clean them with mild soap and water. Make sure the filters are completely dry before reinstalling them.
4. Clean the evaporator coil
The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing heat from the air. Over time, it can collect dirt and debris, reducing its efficiency.
As such, remove the access panels to access the coil and use a soft brush to gently clean it. Be careful not to damage the fins. If there’s heavy buildup or if the coil is hard to access, it is best to consult with a professional.
5. Check the condensate drain
The condensate drain removes moisture from the unit. Over time, however, it can become clogged with dirt and debris, leading to water damage and mould growth.
Locate the drain line and check it for clogs. If you find any, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the blockage.
Always keep in mind to check the drain periodically to prevent future clogs.
Cleaning your AC is an important task that should not be overlooked. For best results, contact a professional HVAC technician from Landmark Air.
Landmark Air will help you with any AC cleaning or maintenance needs and ensure your unit is running optimally. With their expertise and regular maintenance, you can enjoy cool air all season long!