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Repair Your Air Conditioner Unit

I live in the southern United States. This part of the country experiences extremely hot summers. Therefore, my air conditioner is an important fixture in my home. A few years ago, it unexpectedly stopped working one balmy July day. The temperatures in my home quickly became unbearable. In order to get relief from the sweltering temperatures, I contacted a local HVAC contractor. This individual came to my home and inspected my air conditioning unit. After his inspection, he told me that he only needed to make a simple repair to my system. In a few minutes, I had a working air conditioning unit again. On this blog, you will discover the most common types of repairs completed on air conditioning systems.

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AC Tips: Maintain Your Condenser Coils & Signs They're Going Bad

Your air conditioning system is made up of several parts that work together, yet one faulty compartment can affect the whole system. One of those compartments contains the condenser coils. The following is a simple guide to help you detect issues with the condenser coils and also teach you how to maintain them. 

Signs That Your Condenser Coils Might Be Bad

The condenser coils house the outdoor exit fan and help your air conditioning system get rid of the excess heat your air conditioning system collects from within your home. Condenser coils can fail, so you should be aware of two main symptoms that are related to bad condenser coils. Look for the following:

  • Clogged or dented condenser coils make it harder for your AC to release any excess heat, which makes it harder to keep your home cool or warm. 
  • You might also notice a high electric bill when your air conditioning system is not working correctly.

Condenser Coils Maintenance

Condenser Coils can be preserved with proper maintenance, so consider the following as a simple guide:

  1. The first thing you should do is locate the condenser coils. The condenser coils are made up a mesh-like structure that resemble a thin cage and is usually outside of your home. You can also use your owner's manual to locate them. 
  2. Clean around the condenser coils. Be sure to remove grass, bushes, and other forms of debris that might be obstructing or contaminating the coils.
  3. Purchase condenser coil cleaner from your local hardware store or air conditioning specialty store. Follow the instructions listed on the specific cleaner that you purchase.
  4. Remove any dust or debris from the coils and do so carefully. Make sure you do not bend any of the thin fins on your coils.
  5. Inspect all the fins on your condenser coils to make sure there are no dents. Dents can hinder the heat exchange ability of your condenser coils. Use a fin comb that you can purchase at your local hardware store to carefully straighten out any dents.

Talk to your air conditioning system specialist as soon as you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms. You can also opt to have an air conditioning specialist, like C & D Cooling & Heating Co, deal with your condenser coils. He or she has equipment to help level the condenser if necessary. Good leveling is necessary for optimal heat redistribution. But now you know how to detect condenser coil issues and how to prevent problems too.