Do You Need Your Air Condition Coils Cleaned?

Keeping your home or business air conditioning system running at its optimum level requires routine maintenance. But often, knowing that something needs to be done being capable of doing it yourself are two entirely different things. You may have heard that your AC filters need changing on a regular basis or that the condenser coils need to be cleaned periodically, but what does that mean? And how do you know how to do it or when it needs to be done?

Your cooling system’s condenser coils are some of the most important parts of your HVAC system. Every air conditioner unit has two types of coils: evaporative coils that absorb humidity and heat from the air, and condensing coils that force hot air back outside your building. In order for your unit’s coils to effectively transfer heat, all the surfaces need to be clean. If your condenser coil is dirty, caked with grime, or blocked with debris, the heat will get trapped inside your space and the unit will be unable to condition the air and remove humidity.

Why Do My Coils Need Cleaning?

Dirty condenser coils can impact the indoor comfort levels of your residential or commercial property in a variety of ways:

  • Less effective cooling
  • System works harder
  • Higher energy bills
  • More wear and tear, leading to more breakdowns
  • Shorter system lifespan
  • AC is not blowing cold air
  • Reduces air quality, which can exacerbate allergies and asthma

How Often Should My Coils Be Cleaned?

As a general rule, plan to have your AC condenser coil cleaned twice per year as part of your regular system maintenance. However, if your air conditioner is more active, is being used in a commercial setting, or gets dirty faster due to location, it will need to be cleaned more frequently. Coil cleaning is a necessary maintenance procedure in order to keep your system in good running condition. Coil fins are very delicate and can be damaged easily, so the task is best left to a qualified technician.

If you live in the Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino County or Los Angeles County area, call Diamond Air today to speak with a home comfort specialist about scheduling an appointment to clean your AC coils and ensure your unit is running optimally.


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