Cleaning Your Air Conditioning's Condenser and Evaporator Coils

Your air conditioning unit is one of the most vital systems in your home, especially during the warm summer months. As such, it deserves consistent upkeep to ensure the unit operates at optimum efficiency. When you notice your energy bills skyrocketing or your unit failing to operate as well as it used to, you may feel inclined to call in the air conditioning technicians immediately. However, reduced efficiency may be a sign of something a little simpler than total system failure. Your A/C unit may just be suffering from a dirty condenser or evaporator coil. By taking steps to carefully clean and maintain your unit’s coils, you can enjoy in-home comfort all year round.

What Harm Can Dirty Coils Do?

Your unit’s condenser and evaporator coils work together to efficiently cool air and remove heat from your home. When warm air from your home is taken into the unit, the evaporator coil uses refrigerant to absorb the heat energy carried in the air. Once the heat has been removed from the air, that stored energy is shuttled to the condenser coil, which deposits it outside your home.

When either of these coils gets dirty, however, it can no longer do its job as efficiently. Dirt and dust are insulators, making heat absorption and deposition more difficult. This forces your system to work harder and expend more energy to cool the same amount of air, driving your energy bills up month-to-month. Over time, the heat-retentive dirt buildup on the coils can create a warmer operating environment for the entire unit, compromising many components that rely on remaining cool to operate efficiently and potentially causing system failure.

How Do I Keep My Coils Clean

Preventative maintenance is the most efficient and affordable way to keep your unit operating at its best.

First, check and change your air filter regularly. The filter is meant to collect airborne dust, dirt, and debris to prevent it from building up on the coils. If your filter is dirty, it won’t effectively protect your unit’s coils from becoming caked in dirt as well. If your unit is running constantly, such as over the summer, changing your filter every four weeks is the best way to prevent these issues. Otherwise, changing your filter every other month should do the trick.

How Can I Clean the Evaporator Coil Without Removing It?

You can manually clean the more accessible condenser coils on your own once a month without needing to take apert the unit. Locate the external vent on the outer walls of your home and gently spray the coil with clean water. The coil is fragile, so refrain from using powerful streams of water.

Annual professional maintenance calls are vital to ensuring your unit operates efficiently. Your HVAC technician will clean your coils and ducts to prevent dirt buildup and promote energy efficiency all year round.

Air Conditioning Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Services in Houston, TX

During the summer, life is simply miserable without an efficiently running air conditioning unit. Save your money and sanity by cleaning and maintaining your unit year round. Houston residents can trust their HVAC systems to the experts at AirCon Service Company for routine maintenance, repair and replacement services. Contact us online or call (281) 823-8771 to schedule your maintenance service today!