How to Clean Your Outdoor AC Unit This Spring

There are few routine chores that pay off in both comfort and money saved than cleaning your AC Unit.

The payoff? Comfort throughout the summer months and lower cooling bills. You are also lengthening the life of you air conditioner!

The Steps

  1. Turn off the power at the appliance shut off box. This can be located outside within sight of your outdoor AC Unit. If there isn’t one, you will need to switch off the power at the circuit breaker in the main panel that controls the outdoor unit.
  2. Next, you will need to vacuum the condenser fins with a soft-bristle brush attachment as the metal fins are fragile, this stops you from bending them. Remove any grass, weeds and other debris that is blocking the airflow through the coil – you may need to unscrew a protective metal case and lift it off to get to the condenser fins.
  3. Lastly, unscrew the top grille and hold it open. The fan is often attached so be sure to support it carefully to avoid stretching the electrical wires and stressing the connections. If the fan isn’t attached, ensure you avoid hitting it with the direct spray of water when cleaning the fins.

The first steps of maintenance are fairly simple, however if this is your first time cleaning an air conditioning unit you may want to call in professional help.