Certain components of your air conditioning system are out of sight within the system cabinet or air handler enclosure. The system’s condenser and evaporator coils are among the more important of these hidden components. When issues arise from these coils, the entire A/C unit is affected. Here are some basic information, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy website, on your A/C unit’s coils and how they can develop problems:
“The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.
You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.”
When air conditioning coils become contaminated, the entire system can experience a drop in energy efficiency or performance. In worst cases, significant damage or breakdown can occur.
According to the US Department of Energy, an HVAC unit accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the energy used by an average home. Add to that the fact that an A/C unit with dirty coils uses 30 to 37 percent more energy than one with clean coils, then one truth becomes clear: ensuring that your Rancho Cucamonga HVAC system is maintained and functioning properly prolongs the unit’s life and improves efficiency.
Keeping an A/C unit well-maintained saves you time, energy, and frustration. That’s why A/C cleaning should rank high in every homeowner’s maintenance list. For your A/C’s cleaning, repair, and maintenance needs, contact a trusted Rancho Cucamonga air conditioning repair specialist like Day Aire and discover what reliable A/C services can do for you.
(Source: Maintaining Your Air Conditioner, Energy.gov)