The outdoor portion of an air conditioning unit is called the Condensing unit and this portion of the AC System must be cleaned regularly to ensure that the overall unit is able to function properly. This part of the AC system is designed to withstand the elements of the outdoors but needs to be cleaned to ensure that each part of the unit is ready to function when the summer months arrive. Below are four easy tips to cleaning the outdoor portion of an AC unit.
First, it is very important to consider the landscaping around the AC System. Home owners need to be sure that the unit is clear of any debris or grasses. During the winter months, the air conditioning system can be ignored as no one wants to be outside when the temperatures are freezing. Once it begins to warm up, take the time to inspect the outdoor portion of your unit. Cut the grass surrounding the unit and make sure that there are no branches, leaves or other debris in or around the unit.
Once you have cleared the landscaping around your unit, you will then be ready to clean the unit. You will first need to shut off the power. Once this is done, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the top grill of your unit. Be very careful as you do this as you may see wires attached through the grill. You are removing this portion so you can take out any leaves or dirt that may be located around the fan or motor.
Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt, dust or leaves that are on top of the fins of the unit. Once you have removed these items you can then use a vacuum to take out the leaves and dirt from the unit. You can also use a light spraying of a garden hose to remove any dirt on the inside of the unit as well. Once you have completed this process, place the grill back on the unit and screw in place.
If you are not comfortable with the cleaning process, you can choose to seek professional help. A certified and experienced technician will be able to help you with all of your cleaning and inspecting needs. Simply contact your local provider today to get started.