How to Spring Clean Your Air Conditioning Unit

By HVAC ExpertMarch 22, 2021Air Conditioning Services
air conditioning unit

Spring is here! It’s time to clean out the cobwebs and dust-off your air conditioning unit. 

Long before summer hits, Texas temperatures can creep close to the 90° mark. That’s why having a clean, functioning AC unit is so important.

Not sure how it’s done? We’re here to help!

Keep reading for tips on how to clean your air conditioning unit for spring so you can enjoy the shining sun and chirping birds in comfort.

Choose the Right Time and Temperature

You want to spring clean your air conditioning unit before it gets too hot. The last thing you want is to discover your unit isn’t working during the peak of summer. 

What most people don’t realize is that the outside temperature plays a part in when to troubleshoot your unit.

It needs to be at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside for you to determine if your system’s working properly.

Turn Off the Unit

Never try cleaning your air conditioning unit while it’s on and operating. Switch the unit off using the main power switch.

If you’re unsure where it is, check the owner’s manual.

Clean the Condensor Fins and Coils

The condenser fins on your unit look like blades and collect dirt, debris, and dust over time. If you don’t clean them properly, they can block airflow and prevent cool air from entering your home. 

Some fins are protected by a metal cover. Remove this before using a vacuum or dust rag to clean any debris from the fins. 

Be gentle. These fins are fragile and bending one will compromise the efficiency of the unit.

If your AC has coils, you’ll want to use a recommended cleaning product to clean these as well. Spray the cleaner on and wait for it to foam. Once it does, gently rinse it with a garden hose. 

Lubricate the Ports

Your air conditioning fan works overtime during the hot Texas summers. To keep everything moving smoothly, you’ll need to lubricate the fan’s motor, which is usually located on the underside of the cover.

Most motors have lubrication ports. Once you locate them, remove the cap or plug and use about six drops of motor oil in each one. Check your unit’s owner’s manual to find out what type of oil is best. 

Clean Up Around the Unit

For optimal airflow, there should be no obstructions within 2 feet of your AC unit. This prevents unwanted debris from entering the fan or objects from crowding the unit and restricting airflow. 

Check that your air conditioning unit is level. If the ground has settled over time, you may notice your AC unit tilting to one side.

This can lead to complications and necessary repairs earlier than you expect. Shimmy the corner of the unit to make sure it’s level and stable

Spring Clean Your Air Conditioning Unit from the Inside Out

After you’re done with the exterior, head inside your house. You need to clean the evaporator coils and check the drainage pan.

Just as you did with the outside unit, be sure the power is completely off. This means turning off the electric source to the unit.

Next, open up the unit and access the evaporator coils. Use a soft brush to gently clean any dust or debris from the coils. 

You also need to clean out the drainage pan, which collects condensation. Remove the pan and wash it with mild soap and water before replacing it.

HVAC System Maintenance and Repair Guarantees Comfort and Safety

Spring cleaning is a favorite pastime of many homeowners. It’s a time to refresh, renew, and prepare for the warm summer months ahead.

Cleaning your air conditioning unit and performing routine maintenance unwanted interruptions in your comfort and service.

Let the professionals at Best Air and Heat help prepare your Livingston home for spring. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

In the meantime, browse our blog for more helpful tips and tricks on maintaining your HVAC system.