AC Anatomy: Fan

AC Anatomy: Fan

As a homeowner, you need to know the anatomy of your AC. Even if you don’t plan on fixing it yourself, it’s important to understand what each part does and how the parts work together to keep your home cool. This way, when something does go wrong, you’ll be able to communicate with the AC technician, getting the job done faster. Become a savvy homeowner and brush up on your AC anatomy!

The “Heart” Of Your AC

The fan is the “heart” of your entire HVAC system. Located in the outdoor condenser unit, the fan is controlled by a specialized motor. Much like our own heart, the fan is responsible for circulation. The fan pulls in the air, and pushes out the hot air, allowing it to cool your entire home. The fan is the powerhouse of our air conditioners, and possibly one of the most important parts. That’s why it’s so important we look after our AC’s fan with regular AC maintenance.

How to Maintenance the Fan

You should regularly clean your entire outdoor compressor unit, including your fan. The fan gets dirty from sucking in all the air and becomes covered in dust, leaves and dirt. Debris that becomes lodged in your unit may damage your fan, making your system run less efficiently. Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning your AC’s fan:

  1.   Before you get started, remember to turn off the power! There should be either a block shutoff or a switch behind the unit. If you are not sure how to do this, just switch off the power to the AC from the main electrical panel in your home.
  2.   Unscrew the top grille and remove the fan. Set it down gently, being sure not to stress the electrical wires still connected to the system.
  3.   Carefully wipe down the blades with a damp cloth, being sure not to bend them.
  4.   Wearing gloves, remove all dead leaves and other debris from inside the unit.
  5.   Use a hose with gentle water pressure to spray inside the unit to remove any additional dirt.
  6.   Once you reattach the fan and grille, you’re ready to switch the power back on!

As a homeowner, it’s important that you take care of all your appliances. Understanding how your AC system works is the best way to keep your unit running, and your home cool. Check out our HVAC Blog for more AC Anatomy lessons, check out our blog. If you have any question regarding your air conditioner, be sure to give us a call today!