Spring is in the air! As our gardens are greening up and temperatures rise, it is a great time to start thinking about how important our air conditioners may be to us in the upcoming months. A/C repairs can be costly and, as a Texan, I do not want to imagine a June day without A/C. This is a great time to go outside and make sure your A/C unit is clean and clear. These are my recommendations for doing so:
- Make sure it is safe to work around your outside unit by turning off the thermostat inside and the outdoor unit’s breaker before approaching the unit.
- Trim back any shrubs or plants that are encroaching on the unit and make sure to remove those clippings from the area to ensure they do not find their way into the unit in the future. I recommend using hand sheers to remove plants entangled in the unit, not a weed wacker. You do not want to risk bending the A/C Unit fins.
- Check the area surrounding the unit for anything blocking the top or sides of the unit. Slowly and carefully remove any debris (grass clippings, leaves, trash, etc).
- Remove any pressure attachment on your hose so you can gently rinse the unit off. You do not want to use water under pressure (such as the jet setting on your hose nozzle) as this could bend the fins of the motor. I simply place my thumb over an open hose end or use the stream setting on my hose nozzle to rinse all sides of the unit and then down into the unit from the top. This should be done a few times a year to keep your unit clean.
This whole process only takes a few minutes but can drastically improve the performance of your A/C Unit and prevent the need for costly repairs in the future.