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How To Clean Your Condenser Coils

Are you trying to make your air conditioner a little more energy efficient? Of course, modern AC condenser units are built with energy efficiency in mind. However, some older condenser units might have been energy efficient when they were built, but, by today's standards, they are wasteful and inefficient. That being said, homeowners can't always afford to go out and buy a completely new AC condenser unit. This article explains how you might be able to increase the efficiency of your condensing unit in a matter of minutes.

The Function of AC Condenser Coils

Cleaning your AC coils is one of the most essential yet manageable DIY HVAC maintenance jobs. The great thing about this project is that you don't need to be an HVAC professional to do it. The coils are extremely important because they are central to the heat transfer processes. Basically, the coils help to cool off the condenser fan, and they are also involved in drawing warm air into the condenser, where it is eventually cooled. This is obviously an oversimplification of what condenser coils do, but you need to be more concerned about how to actually clean them.

Cleaning the Coils

The key to cleaning your condenser coils is first making sure that the system is turned off. It is not 100% necessary, but you don't want to have that condenser powering on while you are working on it. The coils are on the outside of the unit, and you can see them right behind the protective cage. They are made of metal, often rusty and often caked in dirt. Your goal is to get all of this dirt off the coils (don't worry about all the rust) without actually damaging them. Usually, using just a hose with moderate pressure will do the job. However, you might need to break down the dirt and dust buildup using some basic household cleaner. You should avoid scrubbing the coils because they are extremely fragile and bendable. If the coils get bent flat, you will have an even harder problem to fix.

With healthy coils, you will have a more efficient condenser unit, and this obviously means you also have a more efficient AC system. Your condenser will last longer and work better if you clean your coils at least once a year. It is also very helpful if you keep your coils covered during the winter, or whenever you aren't using your AC for extended periods of time.

To learn more about maintaining your HVAC system, talk to companies like Day's Appliance Repair Heatg & Air Condtng Co.