Tips For Cleaning Your Condenser Coil

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As you know, regular maintenance is important for prolonging the life of your HVAC system. But HVAC maintenance is more than just changing your air filters and cleaning your vents. There are other components of your unit that also need regular attention but often go untouched. Be honest, have you ever cleaned your condenser coil?

Your system’s condenser coil removes the heat from the refrigerant after it passes from the evaporator coil. Without the condenser coil, your unit wouldn’t be able to circulate cool air throughout your home. Due to the compact nature of the coil, dirt, dust, and other pollutants can build up on the surface. Over time, this build up will make the condenser coil less effective at cooling the refrigerant. And that means warmer air flowing from your vents.

If the build up is left for too long, it can lead to increased cooling costs and eventually system repairs—something no one wants to deal with. That’s why we’ve come up with a few helpful tips to help you clean your condenser coil and keep your system running at peak performance.

Safety should always come first. Before you begin the cleaning process, be sure to cut off power to the unit. We recommend scheduling your cleaning for a time when most people will be out of the home as the air conditioning might need to be off from at least 30 minutes.

Once you’ve confirmed that the power is off, the next step is to clean around the condenser unit. Ensure that the area around the unit is clean and free of any leaves or other debris. Remember that debris can lead to issues and cause your unit to run less efficiently.

After you’ve located the condenser coil, you can use compressed air to safely remove dust and debris that may have built up around the coil. For a more thorough cleaning, you can spray a condenser cleaning solution on the coil and let it sit—per the instructions. After the solution has set for about five minutes, spray clean with a hose.

For a more in-depth cleaning, we recommend calling a professional. Our team has the experience and expertise to ensure that your condenser coil is cleaned correctly and is not damaged in the process. When you sign up for one of our maintenance plans, an annual coil cleaning is included. Contact Air Hawk today to learn more about our coil cleaning service and get started with an HVAC maintenance plan today.


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