Tips on Maintaining Your Air Conditioner’s Condenser
November 26, 2013
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The condenser is an essential part of every room or central air conditioning system, as it helps air move across the cooling coils, which then lower the air’s temperature. In most AC units, you can identify the condenser quite quickly. Here are some maintenance tips that you can try to keep your condenser functioning effectively:
Clean the Surroundings
If your condenser is set on the ground outside your house, make sure to clear the area of grass, vines and other things that may get inside the unit and cause it to function erratically. Then, use a commercial coil cleaner to clean up the unit itself, taking care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. Flush the coil clean and allow it to dry.
Cleaning the Fins
Use a soft brush to remove dirt and debris that may have gathered in the condenser’s fins; make sure that the protective grilles are properly removed (you may have to hose this down, too). Take note that the fins are extremely fragile, as they are made of light aluminum, so hosing it down should be out of the question.
Outside condenser units should be protected from the ravages of the weather, particularly throughout autumn and winter. You can find commercially sold condenser covers for this, just make sure that it’s the appropriate size for your condenser.