It’s summertime and that means it’s time to turn on your AC! But before you do, make sure you clean your AC coils. Coils that are clogged with dirt and dust can cause your AC unit to work harder than necessary and can even lead to a breakdown. In this blog post, we will discuss how often you should clean your AC evaporator and condenser coils for optimal performance.
Understanding the Two Types of Coils: Evaporator and Condenser
There are two types of coils in your AC unit: the evaporator coil and the condenser coil. The evaporator coil is located inside the air handler or furnace, while the condenser coil is located outside. Both coils play an important role in the cooling process.
The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the indoor air that is being circulated by the AC unit. As the indoor air passes over the evaporator coil, it cools down and is then circulated back into the room.
The condenser coil releases heat to the outdoor air that is being circulated by the AC unit. As the outdoor air passes over the condenser coil, it heats up and is then released outside.
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How Often Should You Clean Your Evaporator Coil?
The evaporator coil should be cleaned at least once a year. If you live in an area with high humidity, you may need to clean it more often. A good way to tell if your evaporator coil needs to be cleaned is to look for ice buildup on the coil. If there is ice buildup, it means that the airflow over the coil is restricted and the coil is not able to absorb heat properly.
How Often Should You Clean Your Condenser Coil?
The condenser coil should be cleaned at least once a year. If you live in an area with high pollution or dust, you may need to clean it more often. A good way to tell if your condenser coil needs to be cleaned is to look for dirt and debris on the coil. If there is dirt and debris on the coil, it means that the airflow over the coil is restricted and the coil is not able to release heat properly.
Cleaning Your AC Coils
Cleaning your AC coils is a fairly simple process. First, you will need to turn off your AC unit. Next, remove any dirt and debris from the coils using a soft brush or vacuum attachment. Be sure to use gentle strokes so as not to damage the coils. Finally, rinse the coils with water and allow them to dry completely before turning your AC unit back on.