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3 Reasons to Clean the Coils on Your A/C Unit

Your air conditioner has been taking it easy for the past few months, but it’s about time to start relying on it again as the weather begins to heat up. Is your A/C unit ready? If you haven’t cleaned its coils lately, the answer is a clear No. Our specialists are here to give you a crash course on air conditioner coil cleaning and why it’s so important.

Why Clean the Coils on Your A/C Unit?

As a homeowner, it can be hard to know which maintenance tasks really are must-dos and which are just niceties. Without question, cleaning the coils on your air conditioner unit is a necessity, and for several reasons.

1.   Maintain a Working Air Conditioner

Over time, your A/C unit’s coils will develop a buildup of debris — dust, dirt, and so on. This buildup makes it harder for the coils to work properly, so the air conditioner won’t be able to cool your home as well as it should. When the first reach scorcher of the year hits, you’ll want every ounce of cooling power you can get.

2.   Being Energy Efficient

Like any other appliance in your home, if your air conditioner has to work harder to do its job, it will be using more energy. Something as simple as dirty coils can send your energy bill through the roof while also increasing your carbon footprint.

3.   Avoid Repair and Replacement

Air conditioners aren’t inexpensive by any means, and neither are their repairs. The extra strain that comes from dirty coils, though, will shorten the life of your air conditioner and will lead to expensive repairs coming up more quickly.

In that sense, cleaning your air conditioner coils is truly an investment. It’s an inexpensive service that can save you hundreds or thousands in repair costs or replacement fees. It’s also likely to save you from the headache (and potential health risk) of having your air conditioner stop working during a heat wave.

How Often to Clean the Coils on Your Air Conditioner

So how often do you need to have your air conditioner coils clean to keep your A/C up and running? The short answer is to do this at least once per year. The spring is a perfect time for it because your A/C unit likely accumulated some buildup during the winter and needs freshening up before you need it to work its magic over the summer.

With that said, once per year is the minimum. You may need to clean your coils more often depending on factors like how much dust is in the air, how often you use your air conditioner, how many people are in your household, how often you change your air conditioner filter, and other factors.

DIY or Not? Should You Clean Your Own Air Conditioner Coils?

Can you incorporate cleaning your air conditioner coils into your DIY spring cleaning routine? Generally, no, it’s not advised to clean your own A/C coils.

For one, the coils can be difficult to get to, especially the internal coil. You might need to remove panels and parts to reach them. Second, and most importantly, coils and coil fins can be damaged very easily if you aren’t knowledgeable and experienced. By trying to DIY your coil cleaning, you could actually cost yourself money by causing damage accidentally.

It’s best to hire a professional to do the job. Our experienced and skilled team can take care of your coil cleaning swiftly so you can cross that task off your spring cleaning list. We can also give your air conditioner a general tune-up to make sure everything is in working order before the summer hits. To learn more or to book your air conditioner service, contact us today.

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