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Slide 2 – Disclaimer Slide:
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Step 1: Shut off the power
a. Due to the dangers of working around electricity and the air-conditioner’s moving parts, it’s essential to completely turn off power to the unit.
b. On the exterior condenser/compressor, look for an exterior shut-off box near the unit.
c. Indoors, also turn the power off at the breaker box.

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Step 2: Remove Debris
a. On the exterior condenser/compressor, remove the fan cage.
b. Using a screwdriver or wrench, remove the fasteners and lift the cage or fan grill away from the top of the unit.
c. By hand, or with a wet/dry vacuum, clean leaves and other debris from the interior.

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Step 3: Clean the Fins
a. Remove the outer covers and use the brush attachment on a powerful shop vacuum to remove all outside dirt.
b. Then, using a gentle stream from a garden hose, spray through the fins from the inside out to remove any built up dirt or debris from between them. Never use a pressure washer, since the pressure can damage the fins.
c. If the fins are particularly dirty, use a commercially available fin cleaning spray (available at home improvement centers; read and follow manufacturer directions).

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Step 4: Straighten the Fins
a. Since any reduction in air-flow through the fins can reduce efficiency, carefully straighten bent fins using a butter knife or commercially available fin-straightening tool.
b. Be gentle so that the tubing embedded within the fins is not damaged.

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Step 5: Clean Area Around The Unit

a. Once finished with the cleaning, replace the fan cage.
b. Rake back leaves and debris outside the condenser and cut back branches and vegetation at least 2 feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit.

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Step 6: Level the Unit
a. Over time, the pad upon which the condenser unit sits can begin to tip as the soil settles beneath it. An out-of-level condenser unit can cause the compressor within to fail early.
b. Check the condenser for level and use rot-resistant shims to bring it back to level.

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Step 7: Clean the Evaporator Coil
a. Now it’s time to move inside. On the inside blower/furnace unit, find the evaporator coil door. You may need to remove some foil duct tape and take out a few screws or bolts. Inside, use a soft brush to dust off the coil, then spray the coil with commercially available no-rinse coil cleaner (available at home improvement stores).
b. The spray will foam up and then drip into the drain pan. Clean out the drain pan with soap, hot water, and a little bleach.
c. Then, pour a cup of 50% bleach/50% water down the drain. To keep the drain clear longer-term, place a commercially available drain pan tablet in the pan. This will inhibit future algae growth.
d. If the bleach solution drains easily, skip the next step. If not, move on to next step. Replace the evaporator coil door and use foil duct tape to re-seal, if necessary.

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Step 8: Clean a Plugged Evaporator Drain
a. First, find the drain line where it leaves the evaporator coil enclosure. The drain is usually a one-inch PVC pipe (white, grey, or black). Follow it to the end where it drains. Often the line drains outside near the condenser unit.
b. Once located, use a wet/dry vacuum to clear the drain. Hold the hose of the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the drain line. Simply hold a rag around the gap.
c. Turn on the vacuum for 2-3 minutes then turn off. This will clear the drain of any growing biological matter.

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Step 9: Change the Blower Filter
a. Locate the filter enclosure on the indoor furnace/AC where the large fresh air return duct enters the unit. You may need a screwdriver to turn the latch to open the door to the filter enclosure. Remove the old filter and install the new filter, matching the air-flow direction arrows on the filter to the arrows on the unit. Close and latch the door.

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Step 10: Turn The Power Back On

a. Once finished with the cleaning, replace the fan cage.
b. Rake back leaves and debris outside the condenser and cut back branches and vegetation at least 2 feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit.
c. Over time, the pad upon which the condenser unit sits can begin to tip as the soil settles beneath it. An out-of-level condenser unit can cause the compressor within to fail early.
d. Check the condenser for level and use rot-resistant shims to bring it back to level.

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The Bottom Line! While some AC maintenance can be done by a savvy homeowner, it’s still necessary to have an expert technician check the system periodically. Call Elite Heating & Air Now & Schedule Your Maintenance, Repair or Replacement Today!
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