As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
A central air conditioning system has a bunch of working parts. If you fail to maintain your system, your air conditioner can become much less efficient. Slow build-up of dirt and dust on some elements can contribute to a declining efficiency. Two of the most vital aspects of your HVAC system are the evaporator and condenser coils. These are in separate locations, but they are interconnected. Luckily, both are pretty easy to clean. With about 2 hours of work, you can increase the airflow and cold air production of your air conditioner.
Finding and Cleaning the Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are very easy to locate. They line the entire outside of the exterior condenser unit. Many people refer to this unit as the air conditioner, but it is only one part of the AC system. The visible part of the coils will be large sheets of aluminum. There are ridges on the aluminum that can get clogged with dirt and hamper the heat transfer. The actual coils are on the inside of the condenser cabinet, but cleaning the outside improves the functionality of the coils. Unplug or cut the power to the condenser before doing any work. Now, you want to spray off the aluminum with a hose. This should be enough to knock loose any dirt. You can use soap if your dirt seems a bit stubborn. Leave the power off while the water is drying. While you are waiting, you can start to clean the evaporator coils.
Finding and Cleaning the Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coils are also easy to find, but they can often be tricky to access. This is because the evaporator coils are in a cabinet space attached to the furnace, which is often tucked in a corner of the garage. You might need a flashlight and small step ladder to work on the evaporator coils. Make sure the power to your furnace is cut before accessing the unit. The door to the coils can be opened without any tools. The coils are usually stacked in a triangle shape (like a pyramid or prism). First, clean out the compartment with a hose vacuum. You might need to use a wet rag to wipe off dirt that is stuck to the actual coils.
Your condenser and evaporator coils are vital to the functional operation of your AC system. These simple cleaning tasks will end up saving you money by reducing your utility bill.