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Air Conditioning Efficiency: How to Clean Your AC Condenser Coil

By Singapore Home Guy On April 12, 2010 Under DIY Home Repair, Home Savings

Air Conditioning works as a cooling system by exchanging heat from inside to the atmosphere. Basic refrigeration cycle works in this heat flow. Condenser coil is one of the most important parts of this cooling system made of aluminum tube surrounding the air conditioning compressor.

Basic principle of Air Conditioning consists of four steps. First one is Compression and the others are Condensation, Expansion & Evaporation respectively. In the compression step refrigerant gas is compressed to high pressure & temperature. At Condensation step refrigerant gas becomes 100% liquid leaving heat to the condenser. In this step temperature reduces but pressure remains the same. Refrigerant gas expands in the expansion step. This results pressure & temperature drop. Refrigerant liquid converts to vapor at the Evaporation step. Evaporator area becomes cool. Throughout the cycle the refrigerant travels through the aluminum condenser coil which is many feats of tubing.

Problem arises whenever the condenser coil blocked up with dirt. These impurities prevent the hot gas to convert in liquid form. This results to fluctuation in cooling process. The compressor gets unwanted condition to become very hot which decreases its lifecycle including failure probability. Some guidelines are included here for ensuring error free run of air conditioning device by making the condenser coil debris free.

Before you start cleaning your condenser coil, you should prepare all the needed tools first. The tools that you might need in cleaning condenser coil are garden hose with nozzle, wrenches, and garden sprayer. Before you start, make sure that the unit is disconnected to the main power. You have to be careful dealing with electric appliance to avoid accident. Some type of condenser unit have disconnect switch in it.

Next, carefully remove the fan from the condenser component. Most of the time, you don’t have to disconnect wire from fan to motors as it can be set aside while cleaning it. Wet the coil using your garden hose. Make sure that the water pressure used in wetting coil is just enough. If the water pressure is too strong, there is a tendency of bending the coil fins. Coils fins are usually fragile and easily to be bended. Therefore, you should be extra careful. Next, cover the inner and outer part of the condenser coil with cleaning solution with the use garden sprayer. The cleaning solution will soften the dirt and make the coil easier to clean.

After the dirt loosen up, wash the condenser coil with the use of garden hose. Spray the coil starting from inner part to outer part. This method can make the coil cleaning easier. Once the dirt is all washed out, rinse the condenser coil with water. Put back the fan into the unit after cleaning.

You can use any household cleaner as cleaning solution for consider coil. You can also look for heavy duty cleaning if the dirt formed in the condenser coil is too many. In some instances, cleaning solution used in car radiator can also be good for cleaning condenser coils. If there is no cleaning solution available in your home, you can shop in plumbing and household material stores in your area. These cleaning solutions come with very strong chemicals. Make sure you have gloves at hand when cleaning your coil to avoid irritation.

Having clean coil can ensure the prolong life of your condenser. It can also provide you more efficient function. Clean condenser coil can also give you the opportunity to save electricity as the whole unit won’t exert too much effort just to function properly. You should clean your condenser coil at least once in every half year. That way, the forming dirt inside your condenser unit will not get worse. Avoid placing stuff near the condenser that may cause clogging to your coil like grass clippings and large flowers. There is a possibility that those stuffs block the airflow of the condenser.

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