With summer quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your air conditioning system up to par. A malfunctioning air conditioner is not only annoying and uncomfortable, it can also become quite expensive. Often, an air conditioner will run longer in order to reach the desired temperature set on the thermostat. Since air conditioners suck up so much energy, this can end up being very expensive. This article explains how to make your air conditioner a little more efficient by cleaning the condenser coils.
Clean the Condenser Coils
The exterior unit of your air conditioning system, which is called the condenser unit, is located outside of the building. It is usually right next to house and very easy to identify. The condenser unit is responsible for converting warm outside air into the cool air that is eventually circulated throughout the building. The first step in this process happens at the actual condenser coils. The condenser coils are the small aluminum ridges (sometimes called fins) that lines all sides of the unit. The small ridges between coils can get very dirty because they are obviously exposed to the elements. They are behind a metal cage, but it does not stop leaves, dirt, and other debris from blowing into the coils.
The first step in cleaning the coils is to cut the power to the unit. Most exterior condenser units will not have a typical plug that you just pull out of the socket. Instead, you will need to find a designated breaker switch and turn it off. Once the power is cut to your AC unit, you can start to work on it. You can find condenser coil cleaning solutions at specialty appliance stores. However, these are expensive and unnecessary. You can usually get the same results by using a basic all-purpose household cleaner. Spray a liberal amount of cleaner onto the coils. Let it soak into the metal for a few minutes and then spray it off with water. Don't be afraid to use a powerful hose that will knock the dirt out of the coils. However, if the hose is too powerful, it could bend the coils, so be careful.
Let the area to dry off a bit before turning the AC power back on. Then, fire it up and make sure everything sounds normal. In the end, even if you don't immediately notice huge changes, your air conditioner should be a lot more efficient. For more information, contact companies like JV Systems Air Conditioning And Heating of Tampa Bay Inc.