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How To Fix Condenser Coil Problems

Does it feel like the air coming into your home when you are running your AC is not as cold as it should be? If so, there is a good chance that your problem has to do with the condenser coils. When the condenser coils are dirty, bent, or damaged in anyway, your system will struggle to produce cold air. You might still have strong airflow, but it won't be as cold as it should. This article explains how to fix problems with your condenser coils.

Cleaning Dirty Coils

The most common issue that you will have with your condenser coils is simply that they get dirty. Coils are on the outside of the condenser unit, so wind can blow dirt and debris into the coils. If your condenser sits on directly on the dirt, it will get quite dirty very quickly. Cleaning the dirt out of coils is actually simple, as long as you have a hose. Usually, you can just spray them down with moderate water pressure for a significant clean. If water doesn't do the job, try applying a little bit of basic household cleaner or soap to the surface to help break down the dirt. Then, spray it out with water.

Fixing Bent Coils

Another common problem with the coils is that they get bent or flattened. Despite the protective cage around your condenser, the coils can get damaged in a number of ways. If your coils aren't straight, with even gaps between the fins (the aluminum ridges that you see), the condenser will have to work harder and suck up more electricity. You can either try to straighten the coils using flat head screwdriver, or remove the protective cage from your condenser unit and straighten them using coil combs. The screwdriver technique is only practical if you only a couple of rows of bent coils. Coil combs are, cheap and easy to use. However, you need to make sure you have a comb that is actually made for your condenser, so it will be the right fin size. Coil combs can speed up the straightening process, but you will probably need to clean the coils before you can actually use the coils.

With clean and straight condenser coil fins, you can enjoy a more efficient air conditioning system. Luckily, this maintenance is cheap, and you can go start it right now. This simple job can help preserve the productivity of your fins. For more information, contact companies like AAA Home Services.