Deciding to Seek Help For Your AC Unit

By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.

Clean A Baseboard Heater If It Is Operating Inefficiently


A baseboard heater that isn't blowing much warm air out of its vents may have dirty residue stuck on some of its internal components. Learn how to clean the heater with the following steps. After finishing, keep the heater maintained after excessive use so that it continues to work in an efficient manner. 


  • disposable gloves
  • stiff-bristled scrub brush
  • fin comb
  • vacuum cleaner with hose or brush attachment
  • mild detergent
  • water
  • bucket
  • sponge
  • lint-free cloths
  • can of compressed air

Clean The Fin Tubing And Straighten Metal Pieces

Turn the heater off. Put on a pair of disposable gloves. Lift the heater's front cover and inspect the internal pieces of the unit. Remove any large pieces of debris by hand. You will see a series of metal pieces running across the length of the heater. This is called fin tubing. Use a stiff-bristled scrub brush to loosen any debris that is wedged between the pieces. Move the brush firmly back and forth until the entire length of tubing is clean.

If any of the metal on the tubing is bent, straighten it by pressing the end of a fin comb against it until it bends back into shape. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or brush attachment to suck up any small pieces of dirt that remain on the tubing. 

Remove Dirt From Other Surfaces

Make a cleaning solution with a small amount of mild detergent and water. Wipe down the interior walls of the heater with a sponge that has been dipped in the solution. Rinse the sponge with water and wipe the same surfaces to eliminate any soapy residue that is on them. Dry each clean part with a lint-free cloth. Clean the interior side of each vent that is in the cover with a scrub brush.

If any residue is stuck in the vents, spray a can of compressed air directly at it to loosen it. Close the cover to the heater and wipe the external side off with a soapy sponge. Rinse soapy away with plain water and dry the exterior with a clean cloth. 

Maintain The Heater

Turn on the heater and adjust the thermostat. Warm air should be blowing freely through the vents. After using the heater on a regular basis, inspect the internal components and clean them if they are dirty. By doing so, the heating unit will continue to work properly whenever you use it. For more information about maintaining your HVAC system, check out


1 December 2015