Add the AC’s Coils to the Spring Cleaning List

Cleaning Dirty Condenser and Evaporator Coils Can Improve the Air Conditioner’s Performance

When performing spring cleaning tasks around the house, don’t overlook the importance of AC maintenance and cleaning key elements of the air conditioning system to prepare it for summer temperatures, including cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils.

If these coils are dirty, it can lead to AC system issues and even higher energy bills as the unit works harder to cool the house. Dirty coils can also lead to a more uncomfortable home, clogs in the drain line, frozen coils, and other AC problems. Homeowners can help prevent these issues with condenser and evaporator coil cleaning. This blog will discuss what these coils do and the benefits of cleaning them.

Evaporator Coil

evaporator coilsThe evaporator coil can accumulate a lot of debris throughout the year – including dust and pet dander. These particles collect on it and make it dirty, making it harder for the coil to work correctly and help keep the house cool. Located in the indoor air conditioning unit, the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from indoors, warming the chilled refrigerant inside it.

The evaporator coil is an essential component of air conditioners because they remove heat from the indoors, so when this coil is dirty, it cannot perform its job correctly and limits the amount of heat that can be absorbed, causing inefficiency, raising energy bills, and can even cause moisture on the coil that can freeze if it gets cold enough. It can also affect the cooling capability of the AC, making the home more uncomfortable.

Condenser Coil

condenser coilsCondenser coils are located in outdoor air conditioning units, so wind and storms can cause them to get dirty with leaves, dirt, and other debris throughout the year. The condenser coil releases the heat outside that was absorbed from the indoor air by the evaporator coil, then recycles the refrigerant back to the evaporator coil to repeat the cycle until the home reaches the desired temperature.

Because this coil releases heat, moving the heat outside will be more challenging if debris is on the coil, leading to many issues. When the condenser coil gets dirty, the AC must work harder to function and use more energy, causing a loss of efficiency, higher energy bills, poor cooling performance, and may even cause a system failure.

Coil Cleaning and Maintenance

Scheduling coil maintenance and cleaning services will provide many benefits, including allowing the system to run more efficiently, lowering cooling costs, and extending the air conditioner’s lifespan by preventing premature failure. To keep the AC coils clean and prevent issues with the air conditioning, it’s essential to clean them regularly. Experts recommend performing AC coil cleaning and maintenance at least once a year or when homeowners notice them getting dirty.

When professionals come to clean the coils, they will first inspect them to look for any signs of damage to determine if they can be cleaned or need replacing. Next, they will remove any debris with a coil brush and may straighten the coil fins with a special fin comb if they are bent. Next, they will wet the coils and coat them with a coil cleaner. When finished, they will close the access panel and turn the AC unit back on to restore cooling and keep the home comfortable.

About The Bosworth Company

The Bosworth Company is a family-owned business serving Midland, TX, and the surrounding areas for over 70 years. They provide 24/7 live answering, financing, and the latest technology. Call them today for evaporator coil services in Midland, TX.

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