Your air conditioner is going to need a little bit of TLC before you fire it up for the summer months. Hopefully, you cover your AC condenser unit over the winter, or when it is not being used for long periods of time. If you do this, it won't be so difficult to get your condenser up and running at maximum efficiency every year. Here are a couple of basic maintenance job that you should do before you begin to use your AC on a regular basis.
Condenser Coils Will Get Dirty No Matter What
Even if you cover your condenser unit when it is not in use, it can still get dirty. Most condensers are mounted on a concrete slab in, but there is often a lot of dirt in the vicinity. This will inevitably get blown into your condenser coils causing problems with the effectiveness of your AC system. The coils are on the outside wall of the unit. If you do not know what they are, you should be able to easily see them when you just look at your condenser unit. They are right behind the protective cage. They are aluminum, with thin fins that stick out.The space between each fin can get clogged with dirt and debris. When this happens, your coils are not efficient. Dirty coils will slow down your unit's ability to generate cold air and circulate it into your ducts. In the end, you condenser will have to suck up more energy in trying to compensate for the inefficient coils. You can avoid higher utility bills by just cleaning your coils every year or so.
How to Clean Your Coils
Cleaning your coils is easy if you have a hose. You can basically spray the dirt out with a strong water stream. You might be tempted to use a pressure washer, but this is not always a good idea. If you spray the coils with too much power, you could bend the fins and cause more serious problems in the long run. If there is a lot of dirt build up that is not coming out at first, you might want to try using some soap or liquid cleaner. This can help break down the more stubborn dirt.
Cleaning your coils is something that you should do on a regular basis. It is a simple way to ensure your condenser is not lagging. For more information, talk to an HVAC professional.