How to Best Clean Your Outdoor Air Conditioner Unit

Outdoor Air ConditionerFor all issues related to a home’s heating and cooling systems, McQuerry's 24-Hour Heat & Air has the expertise necessary to provide an array of services. While this service is sometimes mandatory to ensure a comfortable home, there are many tactics homeowners can perform to keep systems functioning beautifully.

Many central air systems include an outdoor air conditioner unit. While this setup can be highly effective, it also requires a bit of upkeep to ensure smooth operation at all times. Proper cleaning must entail the right tools, observance of safety precautions, and a light touch when dealing with important electrical components.

Compile the Necessary Supplies

While cleaning an outdoor air conditioner is a rather simple procedure, you will need a few tools to get the job done. In most cases, a thorough cleaning can be accomplished using a high-powered vacuum, garden hose, and screwdriver. Once these items are acquired, you can begin the cleaning process.

Make Sure the Unit Is Turned Off

For safety reasons, all power to the unit should be halted before cleaning. This will preserve the outdoor air conditioner, while also ensuring a safe experience. Power switches can typically be found on the unit itself, but in some cases power may need to be turned off at the circuit breaker.

Remove Any Debris In or Around the Unit

After removing the top grill with your screwdriver, inspect the unit for any buildup of foreign materials. Outdoor units must get requisite air flow to operate efficiently, otherwise function may be affected. Coils can be vacuumed to remove dirt, and larger debris can be dispersed via a quick spray with the garden hose. When cleaning, be sure to avoid areas containing electrical wiring and other important components.

While regular cleaning can keep an air conditioner functioning, repairs or replacements may be necessary at some point in time. In this event, McQuerry's 24-Hour Heat & Air can address a variety of issues within a home’s cooling system. Contact us today at 636-225-0087 for more information.