Don't Let Dust Damage Your Air Conditioning Unit

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Dust collection within your home's air conditioning unit can lead to a number of problems that can lead to costly repairs and reduced performance. Understanding just some of the performance issues brought upon by excessive dust collection and some of the simple ways you can avoid this problem can help you keep your unit in better condition and keep more money in your wallet.

Declined Coil And Coolant Performance

Excess dust can settle on the surface of the evaporator coils and lead to widespread problems. When warm air enters into your unit, it passes over the evaporator coils. Within the coils is a coolant that helps the coils absorb the heat from the air and cool it at the same time.

When there is an excessive amount of dust, the coils and coolant can't efficiently remove all the heat from the air. Instead, you're left with only partially cooled air flowing into your home. This in turn causes a chain reaction because it makes the unit work harder to reach your thermostat settings, leading to greater wear and tear and higher energy bills.

Motor Failure

The heart of your home's air conditioning unit is the motor. Its ability to perform proficiently revolves around a clean environment. All of the components within the motor need to be able to rotate and move without obstruction. An excessive collection of duct within the motor chamber can create an obstruction. As lightweight as dust is, it's enough to create friction, which makes it harder for the internal components to move about.

This increased difficulty causes the motor to work harder, which promotes unnecessary wear and tear and can even lead to premature motor failure. One indication of this problem is grinding like noise coming from the motor cabinet whenever the air conditioning unit is operating.

Minimizing Dust Collection

The most practical way to minimize dust collection in your unit is to change your air conditioning filter as suggested by the manufacturer. As a filter ages, its ability to keep particles from getting inside the unit declines so make sure you are staying on top of this. If you live in an environment with high-levels of dust, you may need to change the filter more often than recommended. Regular preventive maintenance can also help minimize the risk of excess dust settling within your unit.

Make sure you are taking a proactive approach towards keeping dust out of your air conditioning unit. For help, reach out to companies like Kennard - Pace Co. Inc.

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