Tips On Properly Maintaining Your Evaporator Coil

by Diamondback on July 11, 2013

Is your evaporator coil in need of maintenance?


Mesa Evaporator Coil MaintenanceA central air conditioning unit has two basic components: the condenser and the evaporator. In the evaporator, you can find the evaporator coil, which is the part that actually works to cool the air before it enters your home. It absorbs the heat from the unit and cools it before the fan blows pushes it inside.

While your air conditioner sits unused before summer it accumulates dirt and all sorts of other particles. If the coil gets too dirty it will no longer be able to absorb heat and will stop working. This is the most common reason that air conditioners stop blowing cool air, but will still blow – simply because the heat is not being absorbed by the coil.

You can avoid a malfunctioning air conditioner by keeping the area around your unit free of debris. Be mindful of your unit when mowing your grass and keep an eye out for encroaching foliage, which should remain at least two feet from the unit at all times. You can even cover your unit with an air conditioning cover during winter when it is not in use. It also a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician service your air conditioner annually to make sure that everything is in good working order before summer when you will have your air conditioner on the most.

The evaporator of the unit is sealed and then the evaporator coil itself is often encased in metal. They can be very difficult to get to and safely clean, especially in newer units. You may be able to see it by looking down into your unit, but getting to the coil to clean it is another story. An HVAC technician can easily clean the coil for you as well as the bottom of the coil tray. Additionally, they can check your refrigerant levels, look for and repair leaks, inspect electrical terminals, check belts, oil the unit’s motors and more.

Want to keep your AC running smoothly in your Mesa home? Call Diamondback Air at (602) 977-0800 and schedule a service call today!

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