Today, we are going to take a look at three ways to help maintain the efficiency of your air conditioning condenser unit. These tips will help keep your home cool during those hot summer days and can also help lower your monthly utility bill.
1.) The first step is to make sure there is proper air flow to the unit. To do this make sure plants are trimmed back two feet in all directions. Also remove any mulch that has built up around the unit.
2.) Now check to see if the fins on the coil are straight. The fins are the thin parallel metal strips on the unit. They are commonly bent by weed eaters and hail. Bent fins can impede air flow to the unit. To correct the fins, simply take a butter knife or other thin utensil and gently bend them to allow proper air flow.
3.) Finally, it’s time to clean the unit. The first step is to shut off the power. This is important and is done by removing the pull switch from the service disconnect. When the power is off, use your garden hose to clean off debris. This may prolong the life of your unit by making it making the cooling process easier.
After it is clean, restore the power to the unit and enjoy your more efficient and cost effective air conditioning.