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How Often Do Air Conditioning Unit Coils Need to Be Cleaned Out?
Friday, May 15, 2015
Checking AC Coils

Learn what service agreements have to do with air conditioning coils.

One thing a service agreement can tell you is how often to clean, service, and maintain your HVAC system. Without one, how will you know how often to clean your air conditioning unit coils?

Why Clean the Coils?

The coils on your A/C unit work by drawing out the heat from inside your home. If the coils are dirty, the dirt acts as insulation that keeps the heat in, which reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of your cooling system.

Regular maintenance and cleaning can also reduce the likelihood of repairs. Dirty coils don’t function properly, causing the entire system to work at less than peak performance. When this happens, it could be a precursor to a breakdown.

How Do I Clean the Coils?

Cleaning the coils on your A/C is not as simple as dusting them off, especially if it’s been a really long time since they were last cleaned. You need to start from the inside and work out. This can be done with a hose and some serious elbow grease, but it could require more extensive cleaning than you’re able to provide. Calling a pro is the best advice.

How Often Do Coils Need to Be Cleaned?

The frequency of coil cleaning depends on several things. First, how long has it been since they were last cleaned? Second, what are the environmental factors? Are there trees and shrubs nearby? Construction? Lots of dirt and debris? Any of these can affect how dirty the coils get.

Generally speaking, it’s recommended your air conditioner coils get cleaned every 6-12 months. At the same time, your refrigerant levels should be checked, the pressure tested, and other evaluations performed. Regular maintenance should be completed at the same time.

To get the most out of your air conditioner, be sure to take good care of it. This includes regular service, maintenance, and cleaning. Instead of trying to do it yourself, the best recommendation is to have a licensed tech do the work on a regular schedule. The trick? A service agreement with a reputable HVAC company.

For more information on air conditioner coil cleaning and service agreements to keep your system running right, contact us or call 704-545-2000 to contact All City Heat and Air.

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