Without proper AC maintenance, the summertime heat will get the best of you. Keep your system working efficiently by cleaning the air conditioner coils at least once a year and following preventative measures to keep them clean during use.
Types of Coils
AC coils are the pure magic that lies within AC systems. There are two types of coils: evaporator and condenser coils. The evaporator coils are located within the inside portion of the AC unit and are in charge of removing heat and humidity from the air inside your space. The condenser coils are located within the outside portion of the unit and are in charge of heat transfer from inside to the outside of your home.
Benefits of Clean Coils
It’s important to keep the AC coils clean so that heat can exchange efficiently through the coils without being blocked by dirt and debris. A lack of AC maintenance on the coils can lead to higher energy bills and consumption or an overheating AC system.
The condenser coils, being on the outside of your unit, get hit the hardest by dirt and grime. Although the evaporator coils are located inside your unit, they are still exposed to dust being filtered out of your building. If the condenser coils are dirty, heat won’t transfer out as easily. If the evaporator coils are dirty, they can’t remove as much heat or humidity from your space.
How Often Should You Clean Your Coils?
When deciding if it’s time for a tune-up, consider where your unit is located. If it’s in a big city with heavy air pollution, you may want to have the coils cleaned two or three times a year. Also, if the equipment is older or it’s running most of the day, frequent tune-ups will keep your system running better.
Checking your condenser coils every month and using a brush to gently clean off debris can be an easy way to keep your system up-and-running in between tune-ups. AC repair can be costly, so keeping your system clean year-round can save you big bucks in the long run. Big Mountain Heating and Air offers a $99 special, which includes two seasonal tune-ups per year, and can be scheduled months in advance.