This is a frequently asked question in the summer. Many people are confused about how often they should clean their ac coils. Should I clean once a month? Once a year?
Clean My AC Coil
Yuck! Cleaning your ac coils is not fun, but is very important to keeping the air quality up, and saving you money on your air conditioner bill and repairs. After years of build-up, dirt blocks the air conditioner unit from working properly, and can cause overheating which often results in a breakdown of your air conditioner.
Why should I clean at all?
Cleaning your air conditioner coils does a couple of things for you. First, it helps to decrease costly repairs and replacement to your air conditioner. Second, it can decrease your air conditioning bill as a cleaned out air conditioner will do a better job of cooling your home. Third, it can improve the air quality in your home. Keeping your air conditioner coils cleaned will reduce aiborne contaminates. These contaminates decrease the air quality of your home and can lead to heightened sinus irritation as well as increased asthma symptoms. Coil cleaning is necessary in keeping your unit running in perfect condition. How often the coils should be cleaned really comes down to personal preference. Well we are on the subject of decreased air quality, changing the filters in your home regularly will also increase the air quality in your home.
How often should I clean?
Good Question. I hate to say it, but like so many things in life how often you should clean your air conditioner coils is really an it depends answer. Generally, we recommend cleaning your coils at least once every 6 months. You will need to clean more frequently depending on your conditions. Do you live in an area with lots of construction and dust blowing around? Do you have a ton of leaves and other debris coming into contact with your air conditioner coils? If so, you will need to clean your air conditioner coils more frequently. Regardless of how frequently you clean we would highly recommend setting a regular maintenance schedule.
The cleaning process
Insistent on cleaning the air conditioner yourself? Let me give you my strong recommendation first. Call a heating and cooling expert to take a look at your air conditioner. There is a lot more to preparation for the summer than just cleaning your air conditioner coils. An inexpensive visit today can save you a costly repair visit tomorrow, not to mention a decrease in your air conditioner bill throughout the summer.
Having said that, on to cleaning your air conditioner coils. Make sure you turn off the power to your air conditioner. Get a garden hose and wash off the coils from the inside out. Note: this is the quick and easy way to clean your coils. Depending on the level of dirt you may need a more thorough cleaning. You may need your Refrigerant Pressures checked, and you will likely need your blower cleaned out if the coils are dirty. My final advice, get the quick check-up from a professional. The $75-$100 you save is not worth it in the long run.
Live in the Kansas City Area? Call the Olathe Air Conditioning experts at Priced Right Heating and Cooling. Furnaces installed for as little as $1,300. If you have we would be happy to answer them. 913-713-5911