Without a properly functioning condenser, your air conditioner isn’t going to do much good. This is a vital component of the overall system, and without it working well, cold air will no longer flow. If your condenser needs to be cleaned, use this A/C condenser cleaner guide as a helpful starting point to complete the task correctly.
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The Essential Starting Point
Before you do anything else, the starting point for cleaning your air conditioner’s condenser is always the same – cut off the power. This is simply a non-negotiable point. Do not consider any of the steps below before you have made sure that there is no power going to the unit. You cannot predict if it will turn on, and cause injury.
Fortunately, turning off the power to the condenser is pretty simple. You should be able to locate a power switch somewhere near the outdoor unit. This will be located in an electrical enclosure to keep it dry. Find this box and flip the switch into the “Off” position. If you would like to go a step further, you can also find the breaker on your electrical panel that serves the air conditioner, and turn it off as well. Once you are certain the electrical supply has stopped, you can move on and clean the condenser.
Removing the Panels
To access the area that needs to be cleaned on your condenser, take off the outside panels. These panels of sheet metal protect everything inside while the unit is operating. If you have a cordless drill, use that to make this process as quick and easy as possible. However, if you don’t have a drill, you can get the job done with a screwdriver or socket wrench. Take out all of the screws and gently remove the panels. Put the screws in a safe place so you don’t lose any of them while doing your maintenance work. Also, the edges of these kinds of panels can be a little sharp, so wearing some gloves may be a good idea.
Clean It Up
Now the panels are out of the way, go ahead and clean the exposed part of the condenser by using a brush and a hose. For starters, use the brush up and down around the exterior of the unit to work debris loose and wipe it away. Depending on how dirty the condenser is, and how long it has been since it has been cleaned, it may take some time – and a bit of effort – to make good progress on this project.
When you are happy with the progress you made with the brush, you can use a hose to spray it off. When using the hose, don’t spray the water directly at the unit. Instead, aim from above or below and spray water onto the unit at an angle. This approach will yield better results in terms of cleaning off the surface of the condenser, and it will be less likely to do any damage.
Put It All Back
Reversing your initial steps is the last stage in this process. When you are all done and you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the unit, put the panels back on and secure the screws properly to hold them in place. Then, restore power to the unit and you should be finished. If you can make a point of completing this task regularly – perhaps annually – you should get better performance and a long lifespan from the condenser.
A/C Condenser: Get a Cleaner A/C with Professional Help
A dirty condenser in an air conditioner is a serious issue that poses likely problems for your air conditioner in the near future. Set aside the temptation to ignore this issue and instead take care of the problem right away. For any help that you need with your HVAC system, get in touch with Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric and our friendly team will be glad to work with you. Thanks for stopping by!