Add Cleaning Dirty AC Coils to the Spring Cleaning List

Cleaning Dirty AC Coils Can Improve an Air Conditioner’s Performance and Efficiency

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean cleaning out storage spaces and dusting. It’s also the perfect time to prepare the air conditioner for the high demands of soaring summer temperatures with routine AC maintenance. One important maintenance task for the AC system is cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils. 

Dirty coils can lead to issues with the AC system and even higher energy bills as the unit works harder to cool the space. However, many AC issues can be prevented with evaporator coil cleaning and condenser coil cleaning. This blog post will discuss condenser and evaporator coils and the benefits of cleaning them. 

Evaporator Coils

evaporator coilsAn evaporator coil plays a crucial role in the functioning of an air conditioner. It is responsible for absorbing heat from the air inside and transferring it to the refrigerant. The refrigerant carrying the heat then travels to the condenser coil in the outdoor unit to release the heat absorbed by the evaporator coil.

However, the evaporator coils can become dirty and clogged with dust, dirt, and dander over time. This debris can significantly interfere with the heat exchange, making the air conditioning unit work harder to cool the air and raising energy bills. Additionally, dirty evaporator coils can lead to poor indoor air quality as the debris collects and recirculates through the building, creating a stuffy and uncomfortable environment.

Some common effects of dirty evaporator coils include reduced cooling efficiency, increased energy consumption, higher cooling costs, and reduced system longevity. In some cases, a dirty evaporator coil can even lead to coil corrosion which can cause refrigerant leaks and other costly air conditioning repairs.

Condenser Coils

condenser coilsCondenser coils are another integral part of an air conditioning system that help to cool spaces by releasing heat from the indoors outside. They are located in the AC unit outside and are exposed to the elements, which can cause them to get dirty. Dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris can accumulate on the coils, reducing energy efficiency and forcing them to work harder, consume more energy, raise cooling costs, and reduce the unit’s lifespan.

Furthermore, a dirty condenser coil can also lead to compressor failure, which can be a costly problem to fix. Compressor failure can be caused by several factors, including overheating, suction line restriction, and pressure imbalances, all of which can be caused by a dirty condenser coil.

Benefits of Coil Cleaning and Maintenance

There are many benefits to cleaning dirty evaporator and condenser coils. Evaporator and condenser coil cleaning can extend the lifespan of an AC system, improve its performance, prevent high energy bills, and provide a healthier indoor environment. Dirty coils can harbor mold, bacteria, and allergens, which can then circulate through a building or office, so regular cleaning can prevent the buildup of these contaminants, leading to cleaner and healthier air. 

When technicians clean the coils, they will first inspect them to ensure they are not damaged. This can determine if it just needs to be cleaned or if it needs to be repaired or replaced. They may also straighten the coil fins with a coil fin straightener or fin comb if necessary to further improve airflow and efficiency.  

About Steve’s Refrigeration

Steve’s Refrigeration is a family-owned and operated company serving Pampa, TX, and the Texas Panhandle since the 1980s. They provide straightforward pricing and the latest technology and are available 24/7 for emergencies. Call them today for commercial AC maintenance and evaporator coil services in Pampa, TX

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Start Spring Cleaning With the Air Ducts

Air Duct Cleaning: What to Know

Keeping the indoor air healthy and free of dust, dirt, and other allergens can significantly impact the health and comfort of the people inside. One overlooked necessity for clean air? Air duct cleaning! This blog post explores how people, air conditioning, and heating systems can benefit from professional air duct cleaning and indications that it is needed. 

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

ductAir duct cleaning has many benefits, both for people’s health and the efficiency of the HVAC system. It is recommended to have the air ducts cleaned at least every few years to reduce indoor allergens like dust, mold, and pet dander. Regularly cleaning the air ducts improves indoor air quality by removing contaminants that can cause respiratory health problems and aggravate allergies. 

Additionally, a clean air duct system can help reduce energy costs by reducing dust and debris that can block airflow and reduce the energy efficiency of the AC and heater. Finally, duct cleaning can also help extend the life of an HVAC system, as dust buildup in the system causes it to work harder than necessary and wear out faster. Overall, routine air duct cleaning is important to keep an HVAC system running efficiently and for less and improve the indoor air quality, keeping people healthy.

Signs the Dirty Ducts Need Cleaning

Some health symptoms that may indicate dirty air ducts are coughing, sneezing, sore throats, runny noses, eye irritation, and headaches. Worsened symptoms of allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues can also point to low indoor air quality from dirty ducts. 

Other signs that indicate the need for air duct cleaning include strange odors, dust, mold, or mildew on or near the vents, increased dust in the space, or weak airflow. Once the ductwork is cleaned, the indoor air quality will improve, creating a cleaner and healthier environment indoors. 

Easy Ways to Keep Air Ducts Clean

filterCleaning is a highly underrated way of keeping air ducts and HVAC systems clean and working efficiently between professional cleanings and maintenance. Maybe it’s because maintaining a clean space is a foregone conclusion – something every business owner and homeowner should do in the first place. But the fact is, making cleaning a habit is the best way to maintain clean indoor air and prevent dust from accumulating in the air ducts or air filters, which impacts the smooth operation of the HVAC system. 

But there is another way people can help keep their HVAC systems running efficiently. They should replace their air filters on time, generally at least every three months, depending on the filter type, to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and improve indoor air quality. 

About Steve’s Refrigeration

Steve’s Refrigeration is a family-owned and operated company serving Pampa, TX, and the surrounding areas since the 1980s. They provide straightforward pricing, 24/7 service, and the latest technology. Call them today for commercial and industrial air conditioning services in Pampa, TX.

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