Quick Annual Air Conditioner or Heat Pump Maintenance

The outside unit of your air conditioner or heat pump needs a brief maintenance, preferably once or twice a year before the heating or cooling season.


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The Technique

  • Turn off power at the breaker (some units will have an additional breaker outside the house)
  • Remove the screws or bolts holding the top grill in place. Usually 4 screws.
  • Pull the grate up and out. The fan might be attached.
  • Remove leaves and debris with a shop vac.
  • Spray the coils from the inside out with a basic all-purpose cleaning spray. Wait a couple minutes.
  • Use a hose and nozzle to spray the cleaning solution off, from the INSIDE.
  • Reassemble.

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