If you’re like most Minnesota homeowners and/or business owners, you probably don’t think much about your air conditioner condenser. However, a huge way to save on your energy bills is by ensuring your AC condenser doesn’t have any dirt and debris. Here’s how you can save money by having a clean and regularly maintained AC condenser, along with the importance of hiring a professional HVAC specialist to do the job.
WHAT IS THE AIR CONDITIONER CONDENSER?
Your air conditioning condenser plays a vital role in your air conditioner as it’s in charge of the cooling vapors that come from a compressor. It is the exterior component of your AC cooling unit. It’s typically cylindrical or cubical and houses other parts, including the fan and compressor.
HOW A DIRTY AC CONDENSER INCREASES ENERGY COSTS
All the goo and gunk that accumulates on your AC condenser can easily obstruct airflow which you need for cooling the refrigerant inside your home or building. Because the coils are blocked, your AC condenser has to work harder. This leads to having to pay more for energy costs.
Furthermore, regularly cleaning your AC condenser does more than save you money on energy expenses. It can also increase the lifespan of your unit. When a dirty AC condenser overworks, other critical parts of your AC system can fail. However, by keeping your condenser coil clean, your home or building has improved airflow so that the AC unit cools more effectively.
BASIC STEPS INVOLVED
- The first step is shutting off the electrical power to your AC condenser.
- Next, we vacuum away all the debris, including leaves, grass clippings, using a soft brush attachment.
- Then, we realign or straighten crushed or bent fins.
- The next step is removing the fan. We make sure to carefully lift it so that the electrical wires are not stressed.
- Cleaning the fins comes next.
- We carefully place the fan back in its original spot.
- Next, we screw the grill and restore electrical power to your AC condenser.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS AND WARNINGS
- By simply replacing a clogged, dirty filter, you can considerably reduce your AC’s energy consumption by as much as five to 15 percent.
- Even though some people prefer to clean their own AC condenser and condenser coils, they usually don’t have the equipment and specific tools needed to do a thorough job.
- Thus, it’s best to hire an HVAC specialist.
Don’t settle for a dirty AC condenser and high energy costs. Contact us and find out more about our wide range of residential and commercial HVAC services.