One of the most common problems with HVAC systems is that there are many ways that airflow can be blocked, lost, or slowed down. Of course, no matter how cold the air coming out of your air conditioner is, it will be wasted if it is not properly circulated into your rooms. This is why it is so important to clean your system and always maintain perfect airflow. Keeping your condenser clean is one way to ensure that your system retains good airflow. This article explains how you can improve your AC airflow by cleaning your condenser.
What to Clean on the Condenser Unit
The coils and fan are the most important components of a condenser unit to clean. The coils on the outside are the most important because they are the most likely to get dirty. If you want to clean the fan and the coils on the inside of the cylinder, it is a little more difficult, but it is also a job that doesn't need to be done as frequently.
Cleaning the Coils
You don't even need to turn off the power to your condenser unit to clean your coils, unless you are going to try and clean the coils on the inside walls. Using a flashlight, you can look inside your condenser unit to see if the interior coils are actually dirty enough to warrant a cleaning. This project is far more demanding because you need to remove the bird guard on the top of the unit, and work around fan blades. You can probably clean your exterior coils in a matter of minutes, but it will take several hours to clean the interior coils and fan.
The best way to clean the coils is with water. A steady stream from the hose is enough to remove most dirt. However, if there is dirt that is stuck on the coils, you can use coil-cleaning solution. This is a spray that you apply to the coils and then wash out with water. The same coil-cleaning solution can be used for cleaning the interior coils, and even the fan. It is hard to guess how often your coils will need to be cleaned, so it is best to just visually inspect them every once a while. If there is dirt buildup, simply clean them. You will probably need to clean your coils about once a year at most.
To learn more about HVAC repair and maintenance, talk to an HVAC service near you today.