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Leaves and Debris From Condenser in Fall

One way to improve the performance of your home’s HVAC system is by simply cleaning and maintaining the condenser. The condenser  transfers heat from the interior of your home to the outside air. When outside debris builds up, the condenser can’t efficiently perform causing your HVAC unit to run longer. This can have a great effect on your energy costs throughout the year.

Cleaning the condenser is not a difficult task. Here are some tips for maintaining a clean condenser on your HVAC unit.

How Do You Clean the Condenser?

  1. Turn Off the Power – Before you start cleaning the condenser make sure the power is turned off to the outdoor HVAC unit. This can be done at the main breaker panel or at a disconnect switch on the outdoor unit.
  2. Clear Leaves and Debris – Sweep away and leaves that have fallen or collected against the unit. If grass or weeds have grown around the unit, pull them up by hand or spray them with weed killer. Do not use a weed trimmer as you may damage the fins inside the unit.
  3. Vacuum – Clean out any loose debris that may be covering the condenser by using a shop vacuum and crevice tool. You may also use a brush attachment for this as well.
  4. Call a Professional – If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, don’t hesitate to give Bradley Mechanical a call. We will gladly assist you with any maintenance, cleaning or repair.

 

If you have questions about cleaning your condenser or think your HVAC system is in need of maintenance or repair, give Bradley Mechanical a call today at (804) 748-6728. Our skilled technicians will provide you with answers and can help keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Don’t wait until it is too late to have your HVAC system checked and serviced for fall and winter.