Tips On Maintaining Your Evaporator Coil
There are two main components of any air conditioning unit, the condenser and the evaporator coil. In terms of a central air conditioning system, the evaporator coil is located inside of the house. It absorbs the heat and excess humidity from air that is passed through it via the forced air system, sending out cooler and dryer air. For any air conditioner to work efficiently, it is important to maintain the evaporator coil, making sure it remains in good working condition.
The first priority in maintaining your evaporator coil lies in changing, or cleaning, the filter. A filter cleans the air that is passing though the coils of dust, animal hairs, and other indoor pollutants. When it becomes clogged with dirt, two things can happen. First, the unit must work harder to draw in the air and its efficiency is compromised. Second, uncleaned air makes its way around the filter and onto the coils. Besides allowing unhealthy dirt to be circulated in a home, the dirt can actually have a corrosive effect on the coils, causing extensive damage over time. When the air conditioner is running at peak capacity, it is good to change its filter at least every month.
The coils of many air conditioning units are sealed and cannot be accessed by anyone other than a trained professional. Other units are not. An unsealed unit will be wrapped in foil covered insulation. Although these units are accessible and can be cleaned by a layman, it is not advisable, for many reasons.
For example, during the checkup, a trained professional will not only check to be sure the coils are clean. He will also be able to check the level of the refrigerant in the unit, and adjust accordingly, while abiding by environmental standards. He can make sure there is adequate airflow and ascertain that all of the mechanical and electrical components are operating properly. If the delicate fins of the evaporator coil have become bent and are constricting airflow, he will also be able to straighten them without damaging them.
Annual checkups and maintenance of the evaporator coils of your air conditioning unit are a must, but it is important to remain mindful of the fact that the unit is a whole, and all components need proper care and attention if you wish to enjoy the benefits of a smoothly operating system.
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