Learn about the 4-step process for professional air conditioner coil cleaning
Hopefully you already know about the importance of routine air conditioner cleaning and maintenance for keeping your ac equipment working at peak efficiency and effectiveness. For example, you may have already changed or cleaned the air filters in your AC unit or had the coolant levels checked.
Both of these services are very important, but there is still more to do, specifically AC coil cleaning.
Why Clean Coils Matter
Air conditioner coil cleaning is a vital maintenance service that directly affects the energy efficiency and cooling power of your equipment. After all, air conditioners work by tapping into the heat differential created by passing coolant through their evaporator and condenser coils. When the coils are clean, the system works just as the manufacturer intended. But when the coils are dirty, the evaporation and condensation process becomes less efficient. The air conditioner must then work harder to produce cooled air, which requires more time and more energy. Plus, when the unit strains it experiences increased wear and tear that will shorten its service life.
So, as you can see there are several compelling reasons to make sure AC coil cleaning is included in your annual maintenance. The best way to get a truly effective cleaning is to request air conditioner maintenance from the pros at Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing.
4 Steps for Professional AC Coil Cleaning
- Vacuuming: With a two-speed vacuum that offers suction and blowing, most of the dirt and dust that tends to build up on AC coils can be removed. A vacuum is essential for getting into hard-to-reach spots that can’t be reached with a brush.
- Pressure Washing: To get the last layer of dirt and grime, it may be necessary to use a power washer. It is very important that you have a professional doing this step, as the fins on air conditioner coils can be delicate and must not be hit with water over 140 psi.
- Degreasing: Even after washing, you may still have some residue on the coils from spilled or leaking coolant that could quickly attract dirt and dust unless you do something about it. The best thing to do is let an expert load the pressure washer with an appropriate biodegradable, non-toxic foaming detergent and clean the coils for you.
- Mold Prevention: As a final step, a mold inhibitor could be used to prevent mold or mildew from growing on the unit and potentially affecting your indoor air quality.