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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Air Conditioning Unit

April 8, 2023

When the summer temperature gets on you, don’t let it simmer as you can beat the hit. Wondering to know how? Well, you can use springtime to service your air conditioning unit and make the best out of it. Your air conditioning unit typically comes with an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. The condenser is also located outside, which needs proper maintenance. Your air conditioner has been ideal for cold months and collecting all the dust and debris. Replacing the filters, cleaning the condenser, and going through a few minor checks are vital for ensuring the excellent condition of your air conditioner.


1.   Safety comes first: Turn off the switch before you start working on your air conditioning system. Make sure the power to the condenser is switched off. The condenser also comes with a 240-volt disconnect box that you can find near the system. It has a lever, fuses, or a circuit breaker to shut off the condenser. Make sure you turn off your condenser.


2.   Clean the condenser coils:

Clean your unit’s condenser coils and fan to remove all the debris it has been collecting. It’s a large fan inside a metal box with slides. You can easily locate it as it almost looks like a grill. If you keep your condenser covered during the wintertime, there’s likely not much debris that you have to clean but if you have kept it uncovered, you may need to do a heavy cleaning. Make sure that debris is not clogging the coils. You can wash the coils with a soft cleaner with a little pressure. Be gentle when washing the fins and coils; it may bend the delicate fins and damage them.

3.   Clean and drain: If your air conditioning unit comes with a drain, make sure it is clear. Use a rag and vacuum to clean the blower’s blades. If there’s excess water inside the unit, clean it properly.

4.   Check the coolant: Coolant is what makes the air cool. Make sure that there’s enough coolant inside the unit.


Last but not least, if you are not a typical DIY person, it’s always better to cover your air conditioning unit with a home warranty company like ServicePlus. If anything goes wrong with the system, give us a call and we will send out a professional repairing executive to repair or replace the faulty component of your system.