Keeping Your AC Coils Clean
Since the invention of the modern AC in 1902, these units have been keeping homes cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. Like any other piece of mechanical equipment, these units require some level of basic maintenance - including regular cleaning. AC coils are an important piece of the cooling system that require cleaning from time to time. Keeping the coils clean can keep the unit running efficiently, which will end up saving you money in energy use and breakdowns.
If you own a split central air system, there will be 2 coils to maintain - an indoor unit typically part of the furnace known as the furnace or evaporator coil and the outdoor unit. The unit inside the home is found on the intake side of the furnace - its job is to remove heat from indoor air so the furnace blower can distribute cool air to the home. The outdoor unit/coils will release that captured air outdoors. Outdoor coils are usually made out of copper tubing which run through a series of thin, aluminum strips called 'fins'.
Over time dirt, dust, debris and other pollutants can build up and start plugging the fins on the coils. Eventually this will reduce the system's ability to cool. Dirty coils cause the system to run harder which can lead to more energy use and shorten the lifespan of the unit.
AC coils should be monitored regularly and cleaned when dirty. The best way to reduce the number of cleanings the coils need is to keep the furnace filter cleaned and replaced on a regular basis.
Cleaning both coils is usually part of a maintenance service and performed when needed by a professional technician as needed. Regular child cleanings are much less expensive than a repair bill that might arise by skipping regular maintenance visits. To keep your equipment running its best for a longer life, have a technician do an annual HVAC check of your indoor and outdoor coils.
At 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we offer regular maintenance packages that ensure your coils are running at peak performance. To schedule your next service appointment, call (204) 953-5700 or book online at the Book Appointment page.