As temperatures rise, your air conditioner kicks into overdrive. Unfortunately, the more the AC works, the more leaves, grass, airborne seeds and dirt get sucked into the outdoor air conditioning unit. Condensing coils loaded with pollen and dust shut off, leaving you with no AC, a very hot house and a crabby family.
Note: Before you get started, if you’re prone to allergies, we suggest you wear a facemask for this fifteen-minute task.
As always, it’s best to review your owner’s manual prior to doing any maintenance work.
Remove any plant debris within one foot of the unit in all directions. If plants are low hanging or overgrown, make sure the air’s upward path is unrestricted for five feet.
Hose down the sides of the unit with your hose and use your best efforts to get all the dirt and debris out from the “fins.” Do not use a power washer. Don’t worry about getting the unit perfectly clean (your HVAC professional will take care of that next spring), just be sure that the unit is clean enough to have good air flow.
That’s it! You’ve done everything you can to keep your air conditioning system running smoothly for the rest of the summer.