The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog
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The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

Welcome to my blog. When it comes to taking care of appliances, it can be an art. You have to use them correctly, know how to look for signs of trouble and understand how to do simple repairs. Hi, my name is Kelsey, and in this blog, I am going to write everything I know about appliances and related topics. This is my first blog, but I have written in many other types of venues before -- I'm even old enough to have had a 'zine (if you can believe that). I live with my husband, my three daughters, and our dog. Cleaning pet hair of of the dryer and repairing blades on the blender has become my specialty over the years. Enjoy reading!

The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

How To Clean A Condenser Unit

Leevi Saari

If you really want to start reducing your monthly utility bills, the HVAC system is always a good place to start. This is especially true if you live in a region where you rely on both the central AC and heating all year long. The electricity and gas that these systems consume can account for a sizable portion of your bills. There are a few simple HVAC cleaning jobs that could improve the energy efficiency of your system for both the cooling and heating of your home. This article looks at one easy DIY job that you can start right now.

Keeping Up Your Condenser Unit

The condenser unit is one of the most important things to keep up. Not only is a vital part of your system, but it is also located outside of your home where it is exposed to rain and dirt. So your condenser is going to get dirtier than any other part of your system. Luckily, the condenser is also the easiest thing to clean. Cleaning the coil elements is the most important part of good condenser maintenance.

Cleaning the Coils

The most common issue that homeowners have with the condenser unit is dirty coils. The coils are the metal sheets on the outside and inside of the cylinder. They are usually protected by a metal cage, but they can still get dirty and bent because they are made out of thin aluminum. Coils get dirty throughout the year, whether or not your AC system is running. In fact, they can get the most dirty during the winter when the weather is bad. Wind can kick up dust, dirt, and debris that get lodged in the coils.

The coils can be easily cleaned with a hose. You should spray down your coils once or twice a year to wash away any dirt. You don't even need to turn off your AC to do this easy job.

Cleaning the Inside of Your Condenser

You should also clean out the inside of the condenser. This task is also very easy, but you do need to shut down your condenser beforehand. Then you can remove the protective cage on the top of compartment. Once you have this open, you can clean out the inside of your unit. Vacuuming out the main compartment will reduce blockages, improve airflow, and reduce wear on your fan.

This cheap and simple condenser maintenance could even increase efficiency of your system and reduce your monthly bills. For more information and help with your AC maintenance, contact an service in your area that offers air conditioning repair and parts, such as All Appliance Parts of Sarasota.