Cottonwood trees are beautiful, but their fluffy, white, cotton-like seeds can cause problems. Those seeds can be drawn into your cooling system when it runs, potentially building up and causing the unit to work harder to pull in air. And that can cause your system to run more often and leave you with a higher utility bill.
Cleaning out the cotton-like seeds
You can clean out your air conditioner’s cottony build-up by first turning off the power to your unit. There should be a disconnect box located behind your AC on the exterior wall of your home. Once you’ve located the box, pull out the fuse or remove the disconnect. If you’re having trouble finding the disconnect box, you can turn off power at the main breaker in your home.
Once you have ensured that there is no electricity running to the air conditioner, use a hose to spray the fluffy seeds off the condenser blades. Spray the water at an angle so that it isn’t pushing the seeds any deeper into the unit. Once you have removed the build-up, shut the hose off and reconnect the power.
It’s a good idea to clean the air conditioner on a warm day so you can test the unit after you’ve removed the build-up. If you’re uncomfortable handling this kind of work, consider calling a heating and cooling professional.
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Depending on where you live and conditions, cottonwood seeds may be flying at different times of the spring–summer. Consider scheduling your annual maintenance appointment once the blooming season is over. That way, one of our trained, local technicians will be able to give your unit a thorough cleaning to remove the built-up seeds.
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Our comprehensive maintenance plan is affordable. There are no deductibles or trip charges, and the experienced heating and cooling technician who comes to your home will do the following:
- Inspect and clean condensers.
- Check the electrical connection and AMP draw.
- Check and install a new filter when necessary (additional cost for filter).
- Billing for the plan is convenient, and adding the coverage to your natural gas utility bill may be an option for you.