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Air Conditioning Tips: Cleaning Your AC Condenser

Keeping your Tampa air conditioning unit clean can help to maintain efficiency levels and prevent repair needs. It can also help the system last longer and improve indoor air quality. Because the condenser is part of the outside unit, it’s constantly exposed to outside dust, dirt, and yard debris; therefore, it is very important that you take the time to have a tech thoroughly clean the condenser coil and fan. Remember, before anyone cleans any part of your AC system, always turn off all the power to the unit.

If you aren’t sure how to locate the condenser, feel free to call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, and we can tell you where to find it and provide a few cleaning tips. In general, you tech can clean the air conditioning condenser unit in three, easy-to-follow steps, which are outlined below:

  1. They will always start by ensuring that there’s nothing blocking the airflow to the unit. They may have to trim low braches or prune back bushes that are obstructing the airflow. They will clear away any dead grass clippings, or weeds that have grown up around the unit.
  2. Once the unit is free of debris and dirt, they will clean the condenser with a professional coil cleaner, which should come with instructions on how much to use and where to apply the cleaner. Although some contractors recommend washing down the entire outside unit with a garden hose, you have to be very careful not to bend the fins. It’s best to use a specialized condenser cleaner and let it air dry.
  3. To clean the fins, your tech will use a dry, soft brush to remove dust and dirt. They can straighten bent fins with a fin comb.

When your AC is not in use, keep it covered with the condenser cover that came with your air conditioning system. If you don’t have a cover that fits properly, call one of our Tampa air conditioning experts to help you find a replacement cover or one that will fit your particular model. Don’t use anything that could come off easily in inclement weather. Covering your AC unit in the winter will help prevent damage or corrosion.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule a maintenance visit!

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