There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
The condenser unit is an important part of a central AC system. If it feels like your AC doesn't cool off your home as quickly, there could be a problem with the condenser. There is a good chance that your condenser fan needs to be serviced. This article explains how to access and clean your condenser fan. It is a great DIY product that can ensure that your condenser is running efficiently. It can reduce the stress on your condenser motor and lengthen the lifespan of your unit.
Accessing the Fan
First, you need to shut down the power to your unit so you can safely work on it. The best way to do this is to actual find and hit the breaker switch. On some units there will be an actual ON/OFF switch that you can flip.
The fan is mounted downward on the protective cage. So, you first need to remove the cage by taking out the screws. You will definitely need a power drill to get the screws out. Once the screws are out, you will be able to start to lift the fan out. You will need to unplug the power supply to the fan before you can completely remove it. Set the fan on the ground facing upward. You don't need to dismount the fan from the cage.
Cleaning the Fan
Cleaning the fan is simple, but you want to be thorough. First, wipe all the dust off of both sides of the fan blades. Then, wipe all the dust off of the fan stem. Look for the power box. This usually has vents that can also get clogged with dust. Don't wipe this down because it could just push the dust further into the power box. Instead, use a hose vacuum to suck the dust out.
Cleaning the Empty Compartment
Before you put your fan and cage back in place, you should clean out the empty compartment. There could be dirt and leaves filling the bottom of the compartment. A hose vacuum will work the best for this. Also, check the couplings for the output hose to make sure it is not clogged.
At this point you can put your condenser back together, power it up and give it a test run. This simple job should help your condenser function better on a daily basis. You don't need to have any HVAC experience to figure it out. Although, if this isn't a task you're comfortable completing, reaching out to a heating and air professional is always a good idea.