An air conditioning systems filter and outdoor compressor coils and fins require regular cleaning maintenance for the unit to run efficiently throughout its years of use. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady reduction in the air conditioning performance while your energy use rises costing you more money to run the system. Richard Marton Electrical Contractor explains below.
Air Conditioner Filters
One of the single most important maintenance tasks that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner system is to replace or clean its filters on a regular basis. Clogged or dirty air filters blocks positive airflow and can reduce a system’s efficiency dramatically. With the normal airflow blocked, the air will bypass the filter and will carry dirt into the evaporator coil which will decrease the coil’s heat absorbing capacity.
For central air conditioning systems the air filters are usually located somewhere along the return air duct. The filter can be just behind the return register or louvered vent in the main central part of the home such as your hallway ceiling. The filter also can be found in the return air duct right next to the air handler system itself.
Some types of filters are reusable. You would remove these, clean it and place it back into the system. Most filters are the type that are disposable. Slide out the filter to see which type it is. Write down the measurements of the filter that can be seen on the side of the filter. Pay attention to which way the little arrow on the filter is facing. Filters may need more frequent changing if your air conditioning system is subject to dusty conditions, a person in your household that house allergy issues or if you have pets in the house.
Air Conditioner Condenser Coils
The air conditioner’s outdoor condenser coils will become very dirty.
One should reduce the amount of dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Falling leaves will find their way through the top grill of the unit and cake onto the coils inside. You should hire only a professional and do not attempt to clean the coils inside a condenser unit yourself. A professional has to make sure that the power is turned off to the unit and the electrical disconnect used to shut down the unit is in a line of site. The professional will remove the nuts holding the top grill down and vacuum out all the leaves collected inside the unit.
Air Conditioner Condenser Coil Fins
The aluminum fins located around the outside of the condenser coils can easily bend and block airflow through the coil. These coils can get dirty or clogged by your dryer vent, falling leaves, and lawn mower grass clippings. Cleaning the area around the coil by removing debris and trimming back foliage at least 3 feet will allow for adequate airflow around the condenser. Also during the fun times, try not to hit the unit with a baseball or similar.
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