Keep your Home Cool all Summer
As spring approaches the days of running your furnace are numbered. It’s time to start thinking about your air conditioner. Problems with air conditioning are always inconvenient. No one likes a house hotter inside than outside. Most homeowners don’t give much thought their A/C units until it breaks down. At Donovan & Jorgenson, we’re happy to help you with all your air conditioning system repair and maintenance services. However, prevention is the best remedy. Here are a couple tips to ensure your A/C unit operates smoothly this summer.
A typical household’s air conditioning is comprised of two units: an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. We’ll go over the outdoor unit first. Be sure to only clean the outdoor unit in warm weather. The compressor won’t work properly below 60 degrees F. Start by shutting off the unit’s power. An outdoor A/C unit is close to the house. Look for a power box nearby the unit. This is what the A/C unit will be connected to. Either disconnect it by pulling out the plug or flipping the switch, whichever option you have at your power box.
Fix the Problem Before it Happens
Once the outdoor A/C unit is shut off remove the outer covering and clear any outdoor materials sucked onto the fins (i.e. cut grass, leaves, dust, dandelions, etc.). Check the fan. If you can remove it to clean, do so. Most fans have motors which are maintenance free, but some have lubrication ports. If your fan has lubrication ports, inspect the fan to make sure it’s running properly. If you determine it needs some additional lubrication put only a couple of drops of electric motor oil into the ports.
Most compressors don’t require any maintenance. However, if your system is an older belt-driven compressor, it might need to be lubricated. In any case, check the bottom of the compressor for drops of a dark substance. If you find any, it means your outdoor A/C unit is leaking oil and maybe even coolant. If you notice a leak, contact our experienced Waukesha HVAC technicians right away to repair your system. When you’re done, be sure to turn the outdoor unit back on. To prevent any damage to the compressor, it’s best to restart your system within 4 hours of unplugging it.
Don’t Forget This One Thing…
When working on the indoor A/C unit be sure to shut off the furnace first. If possible try to vacuum the interior chamber where the plenum is. Otherwise move on to changing the filters near the bottom. This improves circulation of the air going through the ventilation ducts. Also vacuum the blower cabinet. This area is prone to dust buildup, because the air blows through the filters. Finally, check the condensation drain tube and make sure it’s not clogged. If clogged pour a bleach solution through to clear it up. When finished turn on the furnace again.
It only takes a little effort to prevent your A/C unit from creating big problems when you need it most. Bottom line, we want to help any way we can. If anything comes up give us a call at 262.968.4086, or to reach our emergency HVAC services hotline call 262.784.6440. Our friendly staff will send a certified professional to fix your air conditioner as quickly as possible.