Like all parts of your AC, its coils need to be maintained periodically. AC coils are vital and if they get dirty, they cannot do their job properly. You should be cleaning your AC coils regularly so that your AC unit does not overwork itself.
How often you should clean your AC coils depends on several factors. The age of your AC, how often you use your AC, and the area you live in should all be taken into consideration when scheduling your cleanings. Generally, it is unnecessary to clean your AC coils more than once a year during annual maintenance. However, if you find that your AC is continually having problems or is not blasting cold air properly, then your coils may be due for maintenance. Not caring for your AC’s coils can cause significant damage to your unit in the future.
The technicians at Ambient Edge can clean your AC coils and service your AC unit. We offer maintenance, repairs, inspections, and installations of all types of air conditioning units. Ambient Edge prides itself on hiring technicians who are licensed, certified, qualified, experienced, and friendly. We can handle any issue and have seen it all before. Your complete satisfaction is our goal. Call us at (888) 628-5890 today.
When You Should Clean Your Coils
AC coils get dirtier the more you use your AC. If you find yourself using your AC more often during the hot or cold months, then your AC coils are likely dirty and need cleaning. AC coils get dirty because they deal with moisture and humidity. The damp environment this creates is a magnet for dirt and dust.
Do you live in a particularly windy area or an area where there is a lot of dust or dirt? Where you live is also a significant factor in how often you should clean your AC coils. If you live near a moderate climate, for example, your AC coils will probably not get as dirty as if you were living in a dry or desert climate with lots of dirt kicking up in the air. Environmental factors play a role in how often you should be checking up on your coils for cleanliness.
If your AC is very old, then its efficiency has likely been significantly reduced. The parts inside an older unit will wear down with time and eventually become broken beyond repair. Older AC units require more frequent maintenance. The older the unit, the more often it will accumulate dust and dirt onto the coils. For older AC units, you should clean your AC coils roughly every three months, depending on usage and the season.
Old AC units use more energy and put out less cold air. Combined with the need to constantly maintain and repair it, it is often best to replace your AC when reaching the end of its lifespan. If you are having consistent problems with an older AC, you should consider replacing it with a new one, preferably with an Energy Star® model.
Why Cleaning AC Coils Is Important
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends routine maintenance for your AC to ensure that it runs at maximum efficiency and with minimal waste. Part of maintenance involves cleaning AC coils. The dirt on AC coils insulates them, thereby preventing them from doing their job correctly. When AC coils cannot evaporate and move the hot air out of your home, your AC works harder to compensate. Overworked AC units, therefore, use more energy while putting additional stress on their parts and components.
Cleaning your AC is a part of its overall maintenance. Neglecting maintenance for your AC increases the likelihood of other mechanical issues snowballing and significantly reducing your unit’s life. You can avoid issues like this by being proactive about your AC’s health and having it regularly cleaned.
Get Your AC Coils Cleaned
Get your coils cleaned annually. If you live in an area where your AC unit is exposed to excessive amounts of dirt, dust, debris, or moisture, it is best to regularly clean your coils every three months or so. Every AC unit and environment is different. If you find that your AC coils tend to get dirty easily, clean them every three months to ensure they do not accumulate enough dirt or dust to cause any lasting damage.
AC coils and fins are very sensitive parts. The fins can bend out of shape easily, so if you clean the coils roughly, you may damage them. And damaging these components will cost you in replacements or repairs. If you have the confidence to clean your AC coils yourself, be sure to do so gently. For a more in-depth and precise cleaning, it is best to hire a professional to assist you.
Ambient Edge can help with all your maintenance needs, including coil cleaning. Our years of experience in the trade will give you the peace of mind knowing that you are getting the best quality service possible. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Give us a call today at (888) 628-5890.