The cleaner the air conditioning coil, the more efficient the system will operate.
Dirty coils can cut the life expectancy of your HVAC equipment by making your units work harder than normal to do their job. When HVAC units are forced to work harder than necessary they: increase the cost of your utility bills, effect output air quality, and impact the comfort level of your facility’s occupants.
When it comes to central air conditioning, cleaning your air conditioner coils is integral to the long-term health of the system. Air conditioner coil cleaning can help you save money, maintain efficiency and extend the system’s life expectancy.
Condenser coils have a very important job. It’s up to them to release heat outside in order to cool your home. Dirt and other debris that builds up in the coils over time can act as an air flow deterrent, as an insulation blanket, or both. This loss of heat transfer results in a cooling loss.
How Often Should AC Coils be cleaned?
As common sense would dictate, AC coils should be cleaned when they’re dirty. But how quickly they get dirty depends on how often you use your air conditioner, how often you change your filter, whether you have a filter, the amount of dust or debris in the air both inside and outside your home and the number of people that live in the space. As a rule of thumb, we’d say at the very least, you should have an HVAC professional perform a maintenance check on your system once a year before summer, when your air conditioner will be used most often. They can properly perform an air conditioner coil cleaning, change filters and test the system to ensure everything is running smoothly when you need it most.
The ‘before’ image below shows how dirt accumulates on evaporator coils when conventional box filters are used. Gaps on all sides of the filters allow dirty air to bypass the filter resulting in stripes of dust and dirt on the evaporator coil, known as tiger striping. The ‘after’ image shows a coil that has been regularly serviced for over two years. As you can see, there are no ‘tiger stripes’ of dirt. Contact us at 435-899-0606 to speak with a friendly member of our team, and we won’t leave you waiting for an appointment.