How To Clean Your AC Condenser Unit

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Homes with central heating and air conditioning need regular servicing. One of the vital elements of any AC system is the condenser unit. The condenser unit is the exterior appliance that is usually right next to the side of the house. Most people refer to this as "the air conditioner." In fact, it is just one part of the air conditioning system. Regardless of what you call it, the condenser unit needs to be kept clean to remain operational and efficient over the years. This article explains how to service your AC condenser unit.

Keep It Covered

First, you should always keep your condenser covered when you are not using it. This is not to suggest that you need to cover it up whenever it is not running. Rather, just keep it covered during the summer or when you are away from your property for long periods of time. If you no longer have the factory cover, you can get a replacement quite easily. Since most condensers are about the same size, it is easy to find a cover that will fit. If you keep your condenser covered, you will not need to repeat the following maintenance steps as often.

Clean the Fins

You will notice that your condenser seems to be lined with aluminum sheets. These sheets consist of fins that are vital to the heat transfer process. The fins transfer warm air created by the fan and motor to the outside of the unit where it can be condensed. This ultimately ensures that cold air is being pumped into your ducts. So, the fins need to be kept clean if you expect your condenser to run smooth and efficiently. The small gap between the fins attract a lot of dirt (again, this is why you want to keep your unit covered when possible).

To clean the dirt from in between the fins, you should just spray it out with a hose. If you do this regularly, you will not need to use any soap. But, if you have not cleaned your condenser unit in a while, there is a good chance that the dirt will be stuck to the fins and difficult to remove without some sort of cleaning liquid. You can buy condenser cleaning liquids, but these are hard to find and unnecessary. Instead, just use your preferred household cleaning liquid. Spray it onto the fins, let it soak in for a few minutes and then spray it away.

If you take care of your condenser unit, your AC will be all the more efficient. Contact an AC service if you need help.

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