Clean condenser coils are vital to an HVAC system’s efficiency, effectiveness and long-term operation. When the AC’s condenser coils are wrapped in even a thin layer of dirt, airflow is restricted and heat cannot escape. This results in the AC running longer, which drives up energy costs and increases AC repairs.
Periodic cleaning of the condenser coil is something that many homeowners can easily handle. Follow these helpful DIY tips for rinsing AC coils to keep your Clearwater air conditioner running at peak performance all summer long:
Prep for Cleaning AC Coils
- Clear away clutter and yard waste that has accumulated around the AC unit.
- Before starting any work, disconnect the AC’s electric current by switching the unit off.
- Use a shop vacuum to dislodge stuck debris from tight spaces and a low-pressure air compressor to blow off the layers of fuzz.
- It is easy to bend a condenser’s delicate aluminum fins, so make sure that you do not apply too much pressure when cleaning the coils.
Washing the AC Condenser Coils
- Use cold water and a low-pressure fan nozzle to rinse the coils. Avoid heat and steam, which causes pressure to build up in the coils.
- Consult your manufacturer’s manual for recommendations on which cleaning agent to use for loosening the baked-on grime. Alternatively, you may want to shop for a biodegradable, nontoxic foaming detergent.
- Flush out the condensate line with white vinegar to get rid of any algae buildup.
Condenser Coil Maintenance
- Spray the coils with a mold inhibitor to deter the growth of mold and mildew.
- Prevent slime and bacteria growth by adding a biocide tablet to the drain pain.
- Due to Florida’s heat and humidity, you should clean the condenser coils twice each year.
For professional help preparing your Clearwater, Florida, home for the upcoming summer weather, contact Advanced Cooling Systems at (727) 213-5888 to schedule an appointment. Check out our specials page to find discounts on HVAC system tune-ups, repairs and replacements.