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Spring Cleaning for Your Air Conditioner

air conditionerDoing a spring clean of your air conditioner is a task that may pay handsomely when it comes to the life and integrity of your air conditioner. Properly and routinely cleaning your air conditioner pays off not only with a cooler home during the warmer months, but also with the lowered cost of your energy bills and the prolonged life of your air conditioner unit.

Your air conditioner has filters, coils and fins that require regular maintenance for your unit to function effectively and efficiently during its lifetime.

  • Filters: Your air conditioner filter should be regularly replaced or cleaned. Dirty, clogged filters block airflow and significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. If normal airflow is obstructed, dirt and dust can bypass the filter and end up directly in the evaporator coil, impairing the coil’s heat-absorbing capability. Some filters are reusable while others need to be replaced, and they are available in a variety of efficiencies and types. How often your filters need to be serviced or replaced may increase depending on whether you have fur-bearing pets living within your household.
  • Coils: Your air conditioner has an evaporator coil and a condenser coil that can collect dust over months or years of use. While regularly changing your filters will help prevent your coils from becoming dirty, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt over time. This dirt insulates the coil and prevents it from absorbing heat the way it is supposed to. Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty depending on the amount of foliage or type of frequent activity that occurs close to the unit. Dirt on the outside coil is easily visible, and we advise that for prolonged life of your air conditioner, you should ensure that the unit is free of debris or vegetation.
  • Coil fins: Coil fins are aluminum fins that can easily be bent and block the airflow to your air conditioners coil. HVAC professionals like Island Point H.V.A.C. Services INC. have specialized tools that can comb these fins back to near-new condition.

Spring is here, and it’s time to clean and inspect your air conditioner. Give us a call today to set up an appointment, and we’ll send out one of our friendly service experts to talk to you about a yearly service agreement for your residential or commercial HVAC needs.

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