Dirt and grime on AC condenser coils make it harder for your equipment to transfer heat. This means that it will have to run longer and work harder in order to do its job. By doing this, you will force the machine to use more energy and cause some of its parts to have damages as well as possibly break down.
Dirty coils can also become corroded. If this happens you could be dealing with refrigerant leaks which is not good. There are several ways that your coils can become dirty. An example is if your outdoor unit is located near a street, it can become exposed to exhaust. This will lead to a build-up on your coils. Also, natural debris such as dirt and foliage can also build up on your ac condenser coil, which can cause issues. When it comes to the indoor coils, pet hair and dust can build up, especially if your air filter is dirty.
What Do the AC Condenser Coils Do?
Your ac condenser coils are one of the most important parts of the entire air conditioning system. There are two different types of coils, evaporator coils, and condenser coils. Evaporator coils which are a part of the indoor unit absorbs the humidity and heat from the air in your space. The condenser coils which are typically located outside, expel that heat to the outside of your building. When the condenser coils collect a layer of contaminants and dirt, the transfer of heat becomes less efficient. This can cause a number of problems that you will have to deal with further down the road. Including refrigerant leaks, parts wearing down quicker, and inefficient energy usage.
How Often Should the Coils be Cleaned?
Typically, once a year you should have your coils cleaned with your regular preventative maintenance plan. This is crucial to do this at least once a year in order to keep your system in the best shape that it can be. You may be tempted to clean the coils yourself to reduce costs. However, this is not a good idea, especially because the fins that are on the outside of the coils are sensitive. If you happen to use the wrong type of cleaners or techniques, these fins can become easily damaged. The small cost that you pay to have it done by a professional can help save you a ton of expensive further down the road.
If you have questions about your ac condenser coils or need them cleaned, make sure to give our team at B & W Heating & Cooling a call today! We are here to assist all residents of the Glen Carbon, IL area with all of their air conditioning system needs!