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How to Clean Your Air Conditioner in 4 Simple Steps

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on June 29, 2021

How do you clean an air conditioner in the summerThe average AC lives a tough life. Its outdoor unit is constantly exposed to temperature fluctuations and bad weather, its moving parts are always at risk of corrosion and wear, and it often operates non-stop during the cooling season. 

Luckily, professional air conditioner maintenance provided by a reputable Henrico County AC service can keep your unit running properly even during the hottest months of the year, especially if you use the optimal AC settings for summer.

In previous articles, we gave you some tips on how to prepare your AC for summer and keep your air conditioner from breaking down when you need it the most. Now we’ll provide you with a brief 4-step guide on how to clean your AC like a pro. Read on.

How do you clean an air conditioner in the summer?

Put on a face mask and rubber gloves before you start cleaning. These will prevent you from breathing in not only dirt and dust, but also any pathogens and spores your air conditioner may have pulled in.

Here’s how to keep your AC clean in 4 quick steps:

1. Filters

All ACs contain one or more air filters. The longer your air conditioner is running, the sooner these filters will get clogged with dust, dirt, fungal spores, and other particulates. That’s why you need to regularly check the filters and replace or wash them (if they’re reusable) as needed.

2. Ducts

Grime, fungi, debris, bacteria, and dust all tend to accumulate inside air ducts. When vent covers to check your HVAC filters, make sure to also use a few cleaning cloths and a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner to clean out the interior of the vents.

3. Condenser line

Make sure to inspect the lines running to and from the condenser unit. If they appear to be damaged, or if parts of the insulation are missing or torn, you should have your AC examined by certified HVAC technicians.

4. Clean the outdoor unit

Debris such as twigs, leaves, grass, and trash tends to accumulate around an AC’s exterior unit, especially after it has been inactive for a prolonged period (such as during the winter). Clear them out and make sure there’s at least 20 inches of clearance between the outdoor unit and the surrounding shrubbery.

If you find that small animals have gotten inside the unit, call in the local wildlife services to have them safely removed.

Should you cover your AC unit in summer?

During autumn and winter, AC units should be covered with custom-made covers that wrap over the outdoor unit like a giant sock. These covers are extremely effective when it comes to keeping dirt, debris, and small animals out of the unit while it sits idle during the colder seasons.

However, these covers aren't necessary during spring and summer, as they can impede airflow and cause moisture to build up inside the outdoor unit. If your AC was covered during winter, make sure to remove the cover before you turn it on again.

Should you cover your AC unit in summerWhere in Henrico County can I find a dependable AC service?

As the leading provider of HVAC services in Henrico County, Howell’s Heating & Air is uniquely positioned to meet all your AC maintenance, repair, and installation needs. Our long-standing industry experience and client-focused approach has garnered us a long list of happy customers over the years.

Our HVAC specialists will quickly deal with any AC-related problem you may have while you take care of your other obligations or enjoy a thrilling afternoon at the Richmond Raceway with your friends and family. Call us today.

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