How To Clean Condenser Coils


One of the most vital components of any central air conditioning system is the condenser unit. And, the most vital component of the condenser unit is the condensing coils. The coils are the sheets of aluminum that line the entire outside of the exterior condenser unit. They are usually behind a protective cage that is meant to keep out leaves, birds and rodents. However, they can still get very dirty over time. As you may guess, dirty condenser coils will result in an air conditioning system that is not as efficient as it could be. This article explains how to clean the condenser coils. You will find that this is a simple project, but it will definitely help increase the efficiency of your AC system. It does not require any special tools or knowledge of electrical systems.

Turn Off the Power

Perhaps the most technical electric work you will need to do on this project is to turn the power off to the actual condenser unit. Most condensers don't have a normal on and off switch, so you need to cut the power at the breaker box. Once the power is turned off, you can start to clean the coils.

Spraying Down the Coils.

First, spray down the coils thoroughly with a hose. While the coils are still damp, spray on some soap or all-purpose cleaning liquid. Whatever you use to help clean out the dirt, let it soak into the coils for a few minutes. Then, spray it off with a high pressure stream of water from the hose.

This is pretty much all you can do to clean your condenser coils. You should not bother scrubbing them because they are made out of thin aluminum, so they can get bent easily. A bent coil is even worse then a dirty coil because it is much harder to fix. Once the unit has dried for a few hours, you can turn the power back on and give it a test run.

Preserving the Unit

Cleaner condenser coils will not only increase the actual airflow of your air conditioning system, but they should allow it to produce colder air without overheating the unit. Keeping your coils clean will also help maintain the long term health of your condenser. The fan will not need to use so much energy to power the airflow.

This is a simple job, but one that is absolutely necessary for the long term functionality of your air conditioner. Contact an air conditioning repair service for more help.


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