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- By James Wisler
We all know we’re supposed to change our air filters every month, especially when we see some dust on the vents or inside of the house. But what about the unit sitting outside? Do we also have to worry about that?
The short answer: Absolutely.
Even though it’s not inside and it’s largely out of sight and mind, the outdoor unit is a massive piece of the system. It contributes 60 to 70 percent of the overall efficiency in many cases.
So it’s essential we take care of it. With that said, we’ll give you a few things to look out for as you start thinking about the condition of your outdoor unit. And we’ll also tell you how you should clean it.
Clogged Gutter Systems
Often, the outdoor unit will be positioned near the side of a home, under some sort of gutter system, which can become clogged with enough neglect. That clogged system may lead to additional rainfall coming down around the unit— Causing water to splash dirt and debris, such as pollen, onto the unit.
That causes a big problem over time. These units and their components—fans, coils, fins— need airflow.
Unfortunately, debris may prevent the necessary airflow from reaching the components. That will lead to a system that breaks down and becomes hugely inefficient quickly. It also causes your system to run much longer, so your utility bill goes way up. Eventually, you’ll be paying nearly 50 percent more for your utility bill.
So what should you do? Clean your unit and gutter system.
How to Start Cleaning Your Unit
You may be wondering how you should clean your unit. Should you go outside with a garden hose and spray it down? Or should you call in an expert like Wisler Plumbing and Air?
Well, the truth is that, in most cases, it won’t hurt your system to spray it down with a hose. However, when a professional does it, they can completely clean inside and outside of the unit with quality solutions and processes— Something your hose can’t do. So for best results, give a professional a call.
But we suggest doing a little bit of DIY cleaning to keep everything running smoothly in between your yearly cleans.
If you want the best help around, give Wisler Plumbing and Air a call at (540) 483-9382.