Newberg Air Conditioning: DIY Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Your AC Keeping your air conditioning unit well-maintained will save you so much money on your electricity bill and cost on early replacement. According to HVAC experts, an AC requires regular attention to make sure that it is operating at its maximum efficiency and to prevent wear over time. The HVAC system (Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning) generally consists of a heat pump or AC and furnace with exterior components such as compressor and condenser coil, and interior components like evaporator and blower. The tips and tricks we will share with you applied to whole-home AC or heat pump unit. Because of the danger of working around AC moving parts and electricity, it is important to turn off the ACpower completely. When indoors, turn the power off located on the breaker box, and if outdoor, just locate the shut-off box near the exterior compressor or condenser. With the use of a wrench or screwdriver, you can remove the fasteners and lift the fan grill or cage away from the top of the unit, then wet or dry vacuum to clean the dust and dirt from the unit’s interior. To clean the fins, use a strong stream from a garden hose and spray inside out to blast any dirt buildup between them, but avoid using pressure washer because it can damage the fins. Bent fins can affect the airflow and efficiency of your unit, so straighten bent fins with the use of a commercially available fin straightening tool or butter knife and be gentle so as not to damage the tubing embedded within the fins. Clean the area around the unit by raking the leaves and debris outside the unit condenser, cut branches and other forms of vegetation around on the outside condenser at least two feet in all directions, and when it is not in use during winter months, partially cover the top of the unit with plywood or plastic to prevent debris from falling into the unit. As time passes by, the pad upon which the condenser unit sits may start to tip as the soil settles beneath it, that may affect the functioning, so it is important to check the level and level the unit using rot-resistant shims. In cleaning the evaporator coil, you may need to remove the foil duct tape and take out few bolts or screw, then use a soft brush to dust off the oil, and spray it with a commercially available no-rinse coil cleaner. To clear any growing biological matter for plugged evaporator, use wet/dry vacuum for 2-3 minutes then turn off. Change the blower filter at least twice a year before the heating season begins. You can visit our website or homepage for professional HVAC services.Why not learn more about Cooling?