A roadmap to coil cleaning!
Most people get the oil in their car changed every few thousand miles or so, but rarely do people take the same care and consideration for a machine just as expensive and important, the air conditioner or heater in your home.
Without it, especially in Texas, you’d be miserable most of the year–besides the heat, we saw snow in Austin last year (TWICE)! Just like oil changes and regular maintenance are essential to keeping a vehicle running properly, the same is true for the a/c and furnace systems in your home. There are many things you can do on your own to help maintain the longevity of your HVAC system, that you can read about here.
Everyday we see units like the one on the left:
Replacing them with units like the one on the right.
We’re not saying with just this service you’re safe from all potential problems, but with regular maintenance and cleanings you could be saving yourself a lot of time, money, and energy from having to worry about it in the middle of July!
What and where is my condenser coil?
The condenser coils are located on the outside of your home on the condensing unit. They’re what allows air to move from the gas of a refrigerant to the cool air you feel in your home. Over time, dirt and debris can clog the coils. This causes your unit to use more energy while simultaneously reducing the efficiency and ability to work properly.
What exactly am I looking for?
Keep an eye out for anything that may be obstructing the unit. This can include grass and weeds, as well as tree branches, rocks, sand/dirt, toys, or even trash/debris that may have strayed near the system. All of these things can find their way onto those coils and obstruct air flow. Keeping the system from clogging up is the easiest way to prevent some major issues with your condensing unit.
If you have taken the necessary steps like changing your filter, keeping your condensing unit clear of obstructions, and implemented a bi-annual maintenance check and tune up with Elite you will be better off than a lot of homeowners who weren’t so proactive!