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How Often Do I Need to Clean my AC Condenser Coil? A Southern California Tech Explains.

By Your Advisor 12/22/17 7:37 AM Time to read:

Cleaning your air conditioning coils is probably a job you dread. However, if you want your AC to run smoothly and efficiently, you need to ensure the coils are cleaned well. Not only will dirty coils affect your unit's efficiency, but too much build up can cause your air conditioner to break down.

Keeping a maintenance schedule for your condenser coils can help ensure your AC system runs smoothly for a long time. Let's take a look at a few cleaning basics you need to know.

Why Proper Cleaning is So Important

Maintaining a clean air conditioning system can help you in a number of ways. First, clean coils allow for an easier cooling process. When there is less dirt or build-up, your AC can work more efficiently. The less your unit needs to work, the more energy — and money — you can save.

A properly maintained AC unit can also reduce your need for repairs, which can quickly become expensive. Taking preventative measures to ensure your unit is working properly can keep more money in your pocket. Additionally, if you’re not taking proper care of your AC unit, you may need to replace it earlier than anticipated. Proper maintenance can extend the life of your AC system and ensure you get the most out of your investment.

How Often Do AC Coils Need to be Cleaned?

The amount that you will need to clean your AC coils will depend on a few different factors. In most cases, your AC coils only need to be cleaned once a year unless you are located in an abnormally windy/dusty/dirty environment where it would come into contact with more debris than typical.

If you use your AC unit heavily, it may also need to be cleaned more frequently. Older units may also accumulate more dust and dirt in a shorter period, resulting in more cleanings.

It may also be time to clean your AC coils if you feel like your unit is not working efficiently.

How to Clean Your AC Coils

When cleaning your AC's condenser coils, you want to ensure you’re not being too aggressive with the coils. Because they are delicate, too much pressure or the wrong materials may cause them to bend or even break. This can be expensive to replace.

Most of the time, you can simply hose down your AC unit's coils to remove any dirt and debris. However, if there is a particularly strong build up, it is the beginning of the season, or you haven't cleaned them in awhile, you may want to consider a professional.

An HVAC professional can ensure your air conditioning unit is well maintained, functioning properly, and ready to cool your home. It is always recommended to have a professional check your systems before they are put to use for the season. 

When it comes to your HVAC system, it is always a smart idea to take preventative measures and ensure everything is working the way it is supposed to. While cleanings may seem insignificant, forgetting to properly remove dirt and debris from your AC's condenser coils can become extremely costly. In order to ensure your systems run efficiently for a long period of time, schedule regular maintenance with an HVAC professional.

Need Help? contact Burgeson's!

Whether you need to schedule a cleaning for your AC coils or you need help choosing and designing a new HVAC system for your home, contact us at Burgeson’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.  As leading HVAC experts in the Inland Empire, we can help you with all your heating and cooling needs! 

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