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.
An 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 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.