HVACs play an essential role in your family’s health because they provide the air you breathe at home. Cleaning your HVAC is essential, especially during this time to reduce the possibility of COVID-19  in your home. 

Here are some steps you can take to clean your HVAC unit so your family can stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

Steps To Clean Your HVAC Unit

It’s essential to clean your HVAC unit regularly. Otherwise, the debris and insects will stay inside and affect your HVAC system until it stops working. To clean your HVAC unit, do the following:

1. Shut off the power

When dealing with an HVAC, you’re working with electricity too. That’s why it’s so important to turn off power to the unit. Look for an exterior shut-off box and turn the power off.

2. Clean the debris

Remove the fan cage on the exterior condenser/compressor. Use a screwdriver or wrench to remove the fasteners. Then, lift the fan grill or cage away from the top of the unit. Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean leaves and other debris from the interior. 

3. Clean the fins  

Remove the outer covers and use a brush to remove all outside dirt. Then, spray through the fins using a gentle stream to remove any built-up dust or debris from between them.

4. Straighten the fins

Carefully straighten bent fins using a butter knife since any reduction in airflow through the fins can reduce efficiency. 

5. Clean the area 

Replace the fan page once you’ve finished with the cleaning. Remove all the leaves and debris outside the condenser and cut back vegetation and branches at least 2 feet in all directions. This procedure will ensure proper airflow around the unit.

6. Balance the unit

Check the condenser for level and use rot-resistant shims to bring it back to level. This will prevent the compressor from failing early.

7. Clean the evaporator coil

Now it’s time to clean the inside. Find the evaporator coil door on the inside blower/furnace unit. You’ll probably need to remove some foil duct tape and a few screws or bolts. Using a soft brush, dust off the coil and spray the coil with commercially available no-rinse coil cleaner.

8. Clean the evaporator drain 

Use a wet/dry vacuum to clear the drain. Hold the hose of the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the drain line by using duct tape or just holding a rag around the gap. Turn on the vacuum for 2-3 minutes to clear the drain of any organic biological material.

Have Your HVAC Cleaned Professionally 

If you would rather have a professional handle this maintenance, contact the experts of KAY Heating & Air Conditioning. We can do maintenance on your HVAC system to reduce the chances of COVID-19 in your home. We are taking extraordinary measures during the coronavirus outbreak to protect you and your family. 


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