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How Often Should AC Condenser Coils Be Cleaned?

Your air conditioner can be a pretty hefty investment, so you want to ensure you’re enjoying it for as long as possible. Proper cleaning and maintenance habits are essential to keeping your air conditioner in good condition. Part of the maintenance process includes cleaning your AC condenser coils and evaporator coils annually.

The Difference Between Condenser and Evaporator Coils

Your evaporator coils are within the inside AC unit, whereas the condenser coils are located in the outside unit. Evaporator coils remove heat and humidity from your home and the condenser coils use refrigerant to transfer heat outside of your home.

Both have the same general purpose, but use different methods to get the heat out of your home. Regardless though, it’s important your AC coils are cleaned. Otherwise, you may experience enhanced energy bills and uncomfortable temperatures. Not to mention costly repairs in the future.

Avoid Enhanced Energy Bills And Utility Costs

Hot air from inside your home has to be able to make it outside. If your AC coils are covered in dirt and other debris they cannot perform this heat transfer process effectively. Consequently, you’re dealing with enhanced energy use and utility costs.

Plus, your AC won’t cool your home very well and the summer heat can be brutal. Warm temperatures while you’re trying to relax, or sleep can become irritating and uncomfortable.

By having your AC condenser and evaporator coils cleaned, you can keep your AC working efficiently. Which means regular utility bills, comfort from the heat, and a longer life span for your AC.

How To Keep Your AC Coils Cleaner

Having AC coils cleaned during your annual maintenance visit is essential. But you can also ensure you’re maintaining evaporator coils in-between cleanings by changing your air filter as needed.

If the filter is really dirty some of that access debris can accumulate on the evaporator rather than being caught by your filter. So check your air filter once a month and replace it as needed.

To keep your AC condenser coils clean, clear any debris away from the condenser unit. This can include,

  • Tall grass
  • Garbage
  • Plants
  • Low-hanging trees etc.

Essentially, anything that could potentially fall into the condenser coils should be about two feet away from the unit.

Cleaning AC Condenser Coils

It is safe to remove large debris and even rinse condenser coils with a hose, (after the system is shut off). But this should only be a means of keeping your AC in good condition between annual maintenance visits.

When it comes to thoroughly cleaning coils, the job requires a very careful hand. The fins on the condenser and evaporator coils are delicate and can easily be bent or broken.

So it’s wise to allow professionals to clean your condenser coils during your annual maintenance visit.

Keep Your HVAC System Running Efficiently

We offer three service plans for your HVAC system. The platinum, silver, and bronze, and each plan includes cleaning the AC condenser coils and evaporator coils.

Contact us online or give us a call at 727-447-7212 to sign up for an annual maintenance plan that will prevent breakdowns, provide financial savings, and allow for a safer environment.