Having a central air system in your home can be used for all seasons, providing constant cool air in the summer and keeping you warm in the winter. One of the most important parts of maintaining your central air unit is keeping up with routine cleaning, which keeps your air quality high and your system working properly. Here are the six most important steps to take when cleaning your central air system:
- Remove dust and debris. After turning the power off on your unit, taking apart the central unit and wiping any dust and debris from the fan guard and fan blades should be the first step of your cleaning process.
- Clean the fins of the unit. After cleaning the fan blades and cage, use a shop vac or brush to remove the dust and debris from the inside of your unit.
- Straighten any bent fins. Using a butter knife or fin-straightening tool, gently bend any flattened fins back out so they can properly facilitate airflow to your unit.
- Clean the area around the unit. Make sure your unit is clear of surrounding dust and debris by sweeping, raking, and pruning any foliage or fallen debris around the unit.
- Clean the inside of the unit. Near your furnace unit, you should find the evaporator coil and drain. Depending on how clean your evaporator coils end up being, the inside of your unit is ready for the final step.
- Replace the filter. Your filter should be changed twice a year, especially during the season change, to ensure your air flows smoothly through your system.
When to Seek Help With Your Central Air Unit
Beyond general cleaning, the next best way to ensure the longevity of your AC system is through routine technician checkups and maintenance. At D. Rohde Heating, Plumbing & AC, our technicians can help address any damage to your unit and get your system in proper working order. For more information on our services, visit our website and contact us today.