We are heading into the summer season that will most definitely be filled with serious heat when it comes to the temperature. Because of this, we rely heavily on our AC systems to keep us cool no matter what the temperature is doing outside. Since our cooling systems are such a necessity, it is vital that we do or don’t do, everything we can to keep them running well. Hal Mechanical is here to shed some light on things that should never be done to your AC unit so that you don’t run into any big problems this summer.
Can You Power Wash Your AC Unit?
Cleaning your unit is a good thing to do so that there isn’t dirt and dust the has accumulated on the fins and coils. It is important that you clean it the right way though. Cleaning it with a power washer may seem like the easiest way to get it squeaky clean, but this can cause damage to your unit by bending the coils. If you don’t know how to properly clean your outdoor unit, leave this up to the pros.
How Far Should Plants Be from AC Unit?
When it comes to your outdoor AC unit, it is important that it has proper airflow to keep it working efficiently. To achieve this, it’s important you don’t have any landscaping plants near it. As a general rule, you should avoid planting anything within 2 feet of your outdoor unit. If you have plants that are a few feet away from your unit, make sure you keep them trimmed and pruned to allow at least 2 feet around your unit for optimal air circulation.
Don’t Fix Refrigerant Leaks on Your Own
Many units will spring a refrigerant leak as they get older. This can often be fixed by a professional technician. However, if you have a refrigerant leak, it is important that you don’t attempt to fix the problem on your own. This is a toxic chemical that can be dangerous if it comes in contact with your skin or if you breathe it in. If you have a refrigerant leak, it is best that you call on a professional HVAC company to come take a look and fix it for you.
Don’t Open Up Your AC Condenser Unit
When you have a problem with your AC system and are pretty handy around your home, you may think about opening it up to take a look. If you don’t have experience handling AC units, you could end up doing more harm than good. Avoid diagnosing your AC problems on your own and call on the pros at Hal Mechanical to get to the bottom of whatever issue you may be having. We have the experience and the expertise needed to get your AC system back up and running in no time. Whether the problem is large or small, we’ve got you covered. Call us today!