In New England, we all know that there are no weather guarantees.
One day it is snowing the next day summer is here. Most of us do not
even think about our air conditioners until that surprise first day of 80
degrees. Perhaps we can all get ahead of the curve and consider servicing our systems or replacing that 10 year old system now.
There are some steps to take to get our systems ready for the long hot " dog days of summer ."
Unplug the air conditioner. Disconnect the power from the unit.
Remove the filter and bezel or cover of the unit if needed. Remove the filter to expose the cooling coils. Additionally, some models require that the front cover or bezel be removed to allow full access to the coil. Usually the cover is secured by screws - some of which become visible only when the filter is removed.
Spray the front coil of the air conditioner with a cleaning agent designed for this use. Home Depot and many other home supply centers and hardware stores sell products expressly for this particular job. These cleaners will help remove odors from deposits of dirt, mold, mildew, cigar & cigarette smoke, etc. from the coils. Use care to see that only the coils are covered with the cleaner. Prevent foam from spraying electrical wires, controls or other parts. Foaming type cleaners will work best only when used as directed
Clean the filter. Clean the filter with plain water or replace if missing. A clean filter is a must. It is far easier and cheaper to remove and clean the filter every 15 hours (more or less depending of dust / dirt levels in the space) than to clean the air conditioner with a foaming cleanser. If the filter is suspected of contributing to odors, soak and wash with a small amount of scented dish soap or laundry detergent.
Inspect the outdoor coils.
If your Unit is 10 plus years old now is the time to consider changing the system. There are many preseason incentives offered that will make a new high efficient unit affordable, and save you money for years to come.
Timing is everything. For a free estimate visit energy-one.com.
S. Barkin - Fuel Oil Operations Manager.