Keep your air conditioners in Edmonton regularly cleaned and maintained to save money on energy and cut repair bills. There are some essential maintenance jobs for AC and heat pumps which are easy for any householder to do on a regular basis and will really pay dividends by extending the lifespan of any AC unit.
Before you start any job on your HVAC or heat pump you must ensure you switch off all power supplies to the unit, ensuring your own safety is a prime factor for any home DIYer. Simple jobs you can do yourself include:
Cleaning debris from outside condensers or compressors is something you can do, according to air conditioning experts in Edmonton. You just need to use a screwdriver to remove the grille or cage surround and then clean any debris with a vacuum cleaner or by hand. Use a garden hose to clean the fins inside the unit and blast away any accumulated dirt and debris, then replace the surround. Finally, clean the area around your external condenser/compressor.
Cleaning the evaporator coil is another simple job which just involves finding the evaporator coil door inside the blower or furnace unit and opening it, you may need to use a screwdriver. Once open you can brush off the evaporator coil using a soft brush and then use a proprietary coil cleaner spray to spray over the evaporator coil. Clean up the residue which will drip into your drain pan, then clean out the drain thoroughly by pouring a cup containing half bleach and half water into the drain. If the bleach/water mix drains quickly you can close the evaporator coil door as your job is over. If the bleach/water mix takes time to drain you will likely have a blocked or clogged drain and will need to move on to cleaning your drain.
Mold can build up in the drain over time and cause it to become clogged so you will need to follow the drain pipe from the evaporator coil to find the outlet. Using a wet/dry vacuum at the end of the drain line is one way to clear any algae or mold growth within the drain line. Two or three minutes use of the wet/dry vacuum should be enough to clean the drain line.