AC units can become quite dirty during a typical season of use. It is, after all, exposed to the elements and can become quite unsightly over time. As this occurs, you may find yourself tempted to break out the power washer. However, is it safe? The answer is no, but let’s go over why exactly you should avoid it.
Why Power Washing an AC Unit Is a Bad Idea
Power washers are very intense and can cause damage to your AC’s coils or create holes in the tubing. The concentrated pressure is just too much for your unit. This can result in minor damage or the complete breakdown of your system.
If that happens, you’ll need a professional repair and could even end up needing a replacement unit. Having to replace an AC unit is not something you want to do, given that it’s often one of the most expensive appliances in a home.
That being said, you should clean your AC unit regularly. Preventing pollen, dirt, leaves, and other debris from building up on the unit is a critical part of keeping your AC running smoothly. So, how can you clean your AC unit in a way that won’t lead to damage? Let’s go over your safest options.
How to Clean Your AC Unit Safely
There are several steps you can take to keep your AC unit up and running without risking damage.
- The first step you should take before performing any maintenance on or around your AC unit is to ensure that the unit is turned off. This is critical because you could be risking electrical shock or other injuries if the system is on.
- Once your machine is off, survey the area surrounding the unit for debris.
- Remove any leaves or other debris from the top and sides of the unit.
- Trim back any trees, bushes, or other plant life that are growing near the unit. This allows it to “breathe” more effectively.
After you’ve cleared away the area around the unit, you’re ready to begin the internal cleaning.
- Remove the top of your unit; you will likely need a screwdriver to do this.
- Set the top in a safe place, especially if the fan is attached to it.
- If the fan is attached to the top, wipe it down with a rag or use a brush to remove dirt.
- After removing the top, you’ll need to wrap the internal electrical wires and motor with a plastic wrap to prevent it from getting wet.
- You can then use a vacuum with a brush attachment to suck out debris that is inside the unit.
- Next, use a coil cleaner spray or compressed air to remove filth from the coils. Let the product sit for at least five minutes, then wash it away with a water hose using the lowest pressure setting.
- Lastly, you’ll need to reassemble the unit. Don’t forget to remove the plastic wrap and ensure that the lid is securely back in place.
Once your unit is reassembled, you can turn the system back on and begin enjoying the cool, clean, air.
Taking Care of the Hassle
If the above steps sound like more work than you’re willing to put in, you can have someone else take care of the hassle. Coffman & Company‘s team of air conditioning experts serves Aurora, CO, and the surrounding cities. We can handle your AC cleaning needs as well as any furnace, air quality, or plumbing issues you may have.
Coffman & Company uses only the highest-quality parts and tools, so our work can withstand the test of time. In fact, we’re so confident in our work that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That means that you can have confidence in our ability to handle your projects, without wasting your money.
We keep our pricing transparent and are happy to explain where your dollars will be going. You’ll never have to fear hidden fees or sudden add-ons.
We know that heating breakdowns and plumbing problems don’t just happen during business hours. That’s why certain services, such as heating and air conditioning repair, can be attained 24/7. Don’t hesitate to contact us with those middle-of-the-night emergencies. We’ll be happy to assist you.
To get more information about AC cleaning or our other services, contact us today! Our talented team will be happy to find the best solution for you.