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Cleaning AC Coils: A Little Known AC Maintenance Necessity

AC_Nature_EfficiencyHopefully, you’ve heard before that it’s important to keep one part of your air conditioning system clean: the filter. The air filter in your AC and furnace (or heat pump, if you have a two-in-one unit) can become clogged with dirt and particulate that makes it more difficult for air to move into the HVAC system. This can cause a number of problems down the line, which is why you should replace your filter about once a month or so.

But this isn’t the only part of your AC system or heat pump you need to keep clean if you expect it to run smoothly. Your air conditioner is home to two important coils—one inside and one outdoors—and today we will focus on the coil outside, the condenser coil.

This coil must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent many issues that lead an air conditioner to break down or cause parts to wear out prematurely. Learn more below, and call our experts for AC repair in Atlanta, GA.

What the Outside Coil Does for Your AC

Refrigerant moves throughout your entire AC system, from the inside components to the outdoors over and over again, running through two coils along the way. The coil in the outside portion of your air conditioner (like the inside coil) helps with heat exchange. But whereas the indoor coil allows refrigerant to evaporate and absorb heat, the outside coil is where refrigerant condenses and releases heat.

In essence, the way your air conditioner cools down your home is not by creating cool air, but by removing heat. Warm air blowing over the evaporator coil loses its heat to the refrigerant in the coil, the coil cools down the air continuing to move over it, and the refrigerant carries that heat outdoors.

The Problem with a Dirty Coil

All that heat needs somewhere to go. If your coil is dirty, heat suddenly struggles to effectively release from the AC system. And this can lead to a number of problems within your air conditioner, such as these.

  • Lack of cooling – The air won’t be cool enough if the air conditioner isn’t doing its job of exchanging heat.
  • Higher bills – Of course, your air conditioner will continue to run until the temperature in the home is right, which means higher bills for you (despite a probably lack of cool air).
  • Frozen indoor coils – This problem often causes the indoor evaporator coil to freeze. In addition, other components may break as the AC system is overworked.

For Clean Coils, Professional AC Maintenance

We recommend cleaning the coils once a year, because a lot of dirt and debris can collect over the course of a year since the unit sits outdoors. But it can be difficult to do a thorough deep cleaning on your own. Instead, enlist the help of professional AC and heating technicians for a job well done.

Annual maintenance services typically include a coil cleaning and can help improve the performance and efficiency of your AC system. Call a local technician for more information.

For all your air conditioning needs, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We offer AC maintenance services in Atlanta, GA.Ask about our Comfort Club savings!

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