It’s essential to have clean AC coils for your air conditioner to work efficiently. Having some dirt or dust coated on the coils can prevent heat from getting transferred from the inside of your house into the outside – killing your unit’s efficiency.
Dirty coils can reduce efficiency by around 30%. To keep your outdoor AC coils clean, it’s essential to do routine maintenance. Doing routine maintenance will save you time and money.
You can clean the outside coils by rinsing them off with a hose. It’s that simple! Before doing so, make sure you shut your power off. You don’t need any cleaning supplies to clean the coils off – just water.
Cleaning your AC coils is one of the critical functions of regular AC maintenance, but there are other cost-saving solutions to keep your HVAC unit secure. Try some of these easy solutions to make your HVAC last longer.
- Keep Things Tidy: Keep your outdoor unit free of blockage from grass, weeds, bushes or branches. The circulation of air around the coil is critical for optimum performance.
- Clean the Fins: You can clean the fins of your condenser by using a garden hose to help remove excess dirt. A couple of important notes, though. First, make sure to rinse from the inside out. Rinsing the opposite way could very easily compact the dirt and debris deep in the coil fins. Second, use a garden hose with the natural water pressure – not a pressure washer. A pressure washer may damage the fins.
- Check Your Filters and Drain Pan: Your filter will either be located in the inside portion of your AC unit or at a vent. You want to keep it clean to keep your system running at maximum efficiency. Also regularly check your drain pan to ensure there is nor build up or debris.
- Check the Air: Another common DIY check involves feeling the air coming off the top of your outdoor unit. While in cooling mode, the air coming off the outdoor unit should be noticeably warm or hot – but not hot enough to burn. If that’s the case, it’s a sign your AC unit isn’t properly cooling.
Some of these maintenance DIYs might be something you feel you’d rather have a professional do. For any extra help or getting any additional work done on your AC unit, trust Champion AC.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.