The Texas summers are brutal and with global warming getting worse every year, you had best be well prepared. Every year or so I like to disassemble my air conditioner compressor (outside unit) and give it a serious cleaning. After all, The Air Conditioner is the most important appliance in the house. It’s the heart of the house. It’s the Life Support System. Without an Air Conditioner, you could not live in Texas. Trust me. If the A/C had never been invented, Texas would be very empty.
The first thing you do is disconnect the power. Don’t be brave. It’s 22ov!
Next, take the top cover off which has the fan mounted onto it. I just move it aside so I can get into the coil area and vacuum out the leaves and debris. Sometimes using the shop vac in reverse will help blow all the junk out of the hard to reach areas.
Next I take off the side panel where the compressor and electrics are. Clean those out as well. All the spider webs and other bugs have to move out!
After all is clean, I take the hose with a hand sprayer and give the coils a good cleaning from both the inside and the outside. You’ll see the dirt wash away. Satisfying! Be sure to clean out all the drain holes so condensation can drip out easily.
Take a wet sponge and wipe down all interior and exterior surfaces to get off the stubborn dirt. Looks like new! Be sure to wipe down the compressor itself. Clean is cooler.
Reassemble the unit and allow it to dry completely before turning on the power.
That wasn’t so bad. Now you’re ready for global warming to do it’s worst.