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How to Keep Your Outdoor AC Unit Debris-Free

An outdoor air conditioner unit with leaves on it

You’ll notice that we tend to spend a lot of time talking about HVAC maintenance; both the kind we offer professionally and the kind you can administer all on your own. Why do we do this? Because proper care is critical to a well-working and dependable system! Like any good tool, if you take care of your HVAC system, it’ll take care of you.

Usually we tackle issues as a whole, lightly touching on the most important points of air conditioning maintenance in St. Charles. But today the experts at Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning would like to zoom in on one particular issue. Having trouble keeping your outdoor unit debris-free? Many folks do!

When you need air conditioning maintenance in St. Charles that is dependable, fast, and always effective, count on the team at Jerry Kelly to bring you the service you need. Contact our certified specialists today to set your appointment!

DEBRIS-FREE CARE FOR YOUR OUTDOOR AC UNIT

So what is this so important? Well have you read our post about how air conditioners actually work? In the article, we mention that free air flow is crucial to the entire process of cooling your home. And what can kill airflow? Blockage. Namely, leaves, plant fibers, dust, grease, grime, and detritus; all of which are common outdoors.

So because of this, keeping your coils and components clear of mess can be a bit of a challenge. But overcoming the challenge is well worth it! Keeping your outdoor unit clean yields bountiful returns, reducing cooling costs, improving system lifespan, and ensuring you don’t need any sudden AC repairs. So how do we accomplish this?

  • Perform consistent checks. Look for leaves, stems, and other plant items that might get caught in the unit and remove them. This can be done with a stiff brush fairly easily. If you’re a real trooper, you can do this daily. But weekly should be just fine.
  • Mow away from your unit. Kicked up grass from mowing might actually be the number one cause for outdoor unit clogs we encounter. If you handle your own mowing, be sure to aim the spew of grass away from your outdoor AC unit. If you have someone else do it, be sure they know to do the same!
  • Be aware of the surroundings. If you’ve got some shrubs, limbs, or other plants dangling near or around the unit, it may be a good idea to relocate them. When they shed, they’ll be doing it right into your outdoor system and can cause a clog in no time.
  • Cover your unit in the offseason. If your outdoor unit isn’t being used (winter, or maybe fall), it may be a good idea to cover the system to avoid gathering a collection of junk.

SEEK CONSISTENT PROFESSIONAL CARE FOR YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

You’ll see us playing this particular harp pretty often, but we really can’t stress the importance of air conditioning maintenance in St. Charles enough. If you’ll notice, we didn’t give tips that cover dust and grease/grime. Why? Because these issues need to be looked after by a professional.

Simply by operating, your system accumulates these bits over time and eventually, they can have a huge impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of your cooling system. For the best in comfort and cooling quality, seek out experts!