Save Money and Stay Cool with Coil Cleaning
Summer is coming, and that means warm temperatures and high humidity. With stifling summers, the one reprieve is the cool, dry air in every home provided by the air conditioner. Unfortunately, to amend the weather conditions to make the indoors tolerable, bills can skyrocket, and all of that extra work on the part of the air conditioner can take a toll on the equipment causing mechanical problems.
Luckily it’s not too late to add AC maintenance to the spring cleaning checklist. Most spring cleaning tasks aim to prepare the home for summer, and AC maintenance is no different. During maintenance, technicians will perform a task called “coil cleaning.” This indispensable service can help lower bills and keep the home more comfortable in the coming summer. Here is a quick guide to help owners understand the benefits of AC coil cleaning.
What are Evaporator Coils?
The evaporator coils in an AC do the work of providing the cooling power to the unit. Inside the evaporator coil, refrigerant is allowed to turn into a gas, rapidly removing heat from the air being pushed across the coil. Since this process is heavily dependent on heat transfer, the slightest buildup on the coil can have insulative effects that rob the unit of efficiency.
During normal operation, the evaporator coil can accumulate dust and dander. Despite being protected by the air filter, small particles still slip through and cling to the evaporator coil. During evaporator coil cleaning, technicians carefully use chemicals to remove grime from the evaporator coil. This process makes the air conditioner far more efficient by allowing easy heat transfer.
How do Condenser Coils get Dirty?
Once the refrigerant in the evaporator coil has expanded into a gas, it has to be compressed and condensed into a liquid again. This process generates heat in addition to the heat that the refrigerant absorbs in the evaporator coil. To dispel this heat, the condenser coil gets to work.
The condenser coil in an air conditioner sits outside the home, subject to the whims of nature. Without the protection of filters, the condenser coils can capture a huge amount of dust and dirt from the surrounding environment. The dust and dirt inhibit heat transfer and reduce the air volume that can be moved across the coil to cool the refrigerant. This results in a loss of efficiency that can be easily restored with condenser coil cleaning.
Cleaning and Maintenance Steps
Cleaning both coils is simple and uses a similar process for each. In most cases, technicians will use powerful cleaners to remove grime from coils. These chemicals are foaming detergents that lift and wash away the dust and dirt that prevents effective heat transfer. The detergents are left on the evaporator coils, and the air conditioner is run. During normal operation, the humidity in the home will wash the coils clean. On the outdoor coil, water hoses are generally used to wash away detergents and grime. This allows homeowners to see a noticeable improvement in the performance of their air conditioners.
About Atlas Home Service
Atlas Home Service is a woman-owned business that adds a personal touch to HVAC and electrical contracting. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff offers coil cleaning and memberships to take the hassle out of spring cleaning for the air conditioner. Call today for phenomenal AC service in Alexandria, LA.