How can I keep my air conditioner clean?

Your air conditioner performs a tough job in warm weather! It takes the concentrated heat collected from your home and dumps it into the hot outdoor air. To get rid of the collected heat, your outdoor condenser coil has to move a lot of air.

If the coil is dirty or if plants or other objects are too close to the air conditioning unit, the fan in the outdoor coil can’t move as much air as required for good performance and efficiency. This raises your electricity cost for air conditioning and may shorten the life of your a/c unit.

To keep your air conditioner clean:

  • Make sure your outdoor unit is free of leaves and brush. Remove plants and other debris from within 3 feet of the unit in all directions.
  • Make sure the air’s upward path in leaving the unit is unrestricted for at least 5 feet.

Even if your air conditioning unit appears to be clean, most are loaded with pollen and dust. The longest a condenser should go without cleaning is 1 year, depending on how much it operates during the summer. If your cooling season is 4 months or more, annual air conditioning cleaning service is an excellent idea.

Download our free eBook 7 Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs to learn additional tips for keeping your air conditioner clean.

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