Tony Oakman with Lee’s HVAC shows you how on Studio 5
A simple analogy regarding air conditioning maintenance.
To ensure good dental health, you brush your teeth every day and you see a dentist on a regular basis. Likewise, an air conditioning unit requires regular maintenance by a professional (once a year is probably adequate), but there are also some things you can do every few months to help make sure your air conditioning system is operating efficiently.
As the owner of an air conditioning system, you can save a lot of money by regularly cleaning your air conditioning unit. You wouldn’t use a hair dryer clogged with hair and other materials. It doesn’t operate efficiently and it can overheat. An air conditioning unit is similar in that it needs to be free of lint, cotton, grass and leaves if it’s going to operate at its best.
How an air conditioning unit works.
An air conditioning unit takes in air from the outside, so if the outside of the unit is clogged, the unit can’t operate efficiently. So here’s what you can do to clean your air conditioning system:
1) Turn off the power to the system (many systems have on/off levers)
2) Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove lint, cotton grass and leaves
3) Use water to wash off any remaining dust and debris caught between the metal fins of the system (Don’t use a high pressure nozzle. It’s best to spray water from the top of the unit down. Point your water source at an angle since the metal fins can be easily bent)
4) After spraying the unit with water, allow 15 minutes to dry and turn the power back on
Pets and air conditioning.
In addition to lint, cotton, grass and leaves, many air conditioning units have been used as urinals by pets. If this is the case with your air conditioner, it may be covered with a white colored residue that almost resembles mold. Obviously this can cause problems for your system and even permanently damage the system. Cleaning the outside can help, but you might want to change your pet’s behavior to eliminate this problem in the future.
While do-it-yourself cleaning can really help, your air conditioning also requires internal maintenance and cleaning on a regular basis. Your air conditioning unit will last half as long if you don’t take care of it. Some units are supposed to be good for many years and then they break and need a new unit installed after three years because of the way it was taken care of.
Let Lee’s HVAC help you with your air conditioning maintenance.
Right now, for just $89, Lee’s Heating and Air will provide full maintenance of your air conditioning system and provide you with a Lee’s A/C Care Kit to help you regularly maintain your system. In additional they’ll throw in a product that will discourage pets and other animals to stay away from your air conditioning system. They’ll answer all your questions concerning heating and air conditioning.
Call Lee’s HVAC for an appointment at (801) 747-LEES or go online at www.leesheatac.com
195 West Haven Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah
3321 South 1900 West