The Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Conditioning Unit
A clean air conditioner is fully capable of consistently and effectively keeping your home nice and comfy during the hot summer months. It will also be less of a stretch on your budget over the years when it is maintained well.
In fact, a clean cooling system comes with many appealing perks, which we highlight below, that contribute to better indoor comfort and peace of mind. We also offer tips on what you can do to keep your air conditioning unit clean.
An Extra Efficiency Boost
Spritzing your AC unit with water from a garden hose can help it operate more efficiently. In this case, hosing down the unit can remove debris and cool down the outside part of your AC system. Taking care of other key parts of your AC can also help improve overall efficiency. A more efficient air conditioning unit will save you money in the long run.
A Longer AC Lifespan
On average, a standard central cooling system lasts for about 15-20 years or so. However, you're more likely to get some extra life out of your AC if it's kept clean. Plus, if your AC is well-maintained, it's often easier to make minor repairs as necessary. In some situations, this can mean being able to affordably have repairs made rather than opting for a full replacement.
Consistent Indoor Comfort
It becomes increasingly difficult for your air conditioning unit to evenly distribute cool air throughout your home as gunk builds up over time. This could leave you with cold spots in certain areas of your home, or your AC may end up working harder than it has to achieve the preferred temperature.
How to Clean Your AC Unit
A general rule of thumb to follow with cleaning your AC unit is to take smaller steps at least once a month when regularly using it. A more thorough cleaning can be beneficial if done before and after the warmer months of the year.
One of the steps you can take to clean your air conditioning system is to hose off the outside unit. Keep the water pressure on the lighter or mid-level side, and you should be good to go. While you're cleaning off the condenser, also spritz the fins. A soft brush can also be used to clean the fins if dust and debris need to be removed. Another step you can take while cleaning the outside unit is to remove the fan before applying moderate water pressure to the fins for a more thorough cleaning. Additionally, with AC cleaning, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Cleaning the evaporator coils.
- Changing the filter every 60-90 days.
- Check your thermostat to make sure the settings are correct.
- Cleaning up around your outside unit, especially in the fall when leaves can land on your unit.
Call Us Today
If you need more assistance with some of the steps involved with cleaning your air conditioning unit, give us a call. It's beneficial to have your air conditioning unit professionally inspected at least once a year.
This is something else we can help you out with at Master Mechanical. We also invite you to give our HVAC pros a call if you have any other concerns about your home's comfort systems.
Contact us today to discuss your AC service needs.