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Newberg Air Conditioning: DIY Maintenance Tips 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. Experts in HVAC services recommend having AC maintenance check and repair before the cooling season begins, and due attention must be given to your AC to ensure its full operational efficiency. 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. Allow us to give you some tips to maintain your AC applying to whole-home AC or heat pump unit. There is a great danger of working with electricity and your AC’s moving parts, so it is essential to turn off the power completely and unplug it from the outlet or power source. On the exterior compressor or condenser, find the exterior shut-off box adjacent to the unit, and turn off the power indoors at the breaker box. The next step is removing the debris from the unit, and you can do this by first removing the fan cage or grill using a screwdriver or wrench, and then vacuuming the interior to remove the debris. 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. Efficiency in operation is greatly reduced with restricted or reduced air-flow caused by bent fins, so use a commercially available fin straightening tool or butter knife to straighten bent fins, but do it gently to avoid damaging 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. Over time, soil can settle on the pad upon which the condenser unit sits, so it is essential inspecting and leveling the unit by 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. It is also important to clean plugged evaporator using a wet/dry vacuum to clear any growing biological matter. The filter of your HVAC system must be changed at least twice a year, once before the heating season and once before the cooling season starts. For professional HVAC services, feel free to check our website or homepage.Why not learn more about Cooling?
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