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Clean the AC Condenser before calling a Cape Coral Air Conditioning Technician

This is the seventh installment of Nine Things to Check Before Spending Money on AC Repairs which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

One of the most common reasons that your air conditioning unit may not be working properly is a dirty condenser. The condenser is part of your outdoor unit. If you live in an apartment building, there may be several a/c units next to each other, so you’ll need to determine which unit is yours.

Once you’ve located your condenser, you’ll want to check for any obvious contaminates. However, most dirt in the coils will not be detectible until you begin to wash it. If your air conditioner isn’t running properly, it’s best to go ahead and give it a good cleaning to be on the safe side.

Often, people choose to take a garden hose and spray down their condenser to clean any debris. However, this can actually damage the fins on the condenser, and may even cause more damage to the unit if done carelessly. While hosing may do the trick, it’s important to also conduct a more thorough cleaning of the condenser unit as described below. If you don’t have the time to properly clean your condenser, call a Cape Coral air conditioning professional to do it for you.

To get started, you’ll need grass shearers, a spray bottle, a coil cleaner or mild household cleaner, a soft brush or even a toothbrush.

Steps for Properly Cleaning your Condenser:

  1. Turn off the power to the condenser; there should be a shutoff box.
  2. Check to make sure that grass, plants and weeds have not grown too close to the unit. If they have, then grab your shearers and trim away any invading grass or foliage.
  3. Vacuum the condenser fins with a soft brush attachment, being careful not to bend or damage any of the coils. (This will remove a lot of dirt and dust, making the following steps easier.)
  4. Once vacuuming is completed, put the coil cleaner or soapy water in a spray bottle and begin to spray the coils.9 Things to Check AC ipad
  5. Use your brush or toothbrush to clean the fins of the condenser and remove accumulated dirt. You may have to remove the protective grille to reach them. Clean fins very carefully.
  6. Look around your unit to make sure everything is in check. Pay close attention to the concrete pad that your unit is on. If it’s not level, consider having someone help you lift it in order to put some gravel or small rocks under it to level it.

If you’ve cleaned your condenser and are still experiencing problems with your air conditioning, contact us online or call (239) 939-2032. Even if it’s 4am, you can still call our 24 Hour Emergency Service Hotline. If you would like to learn more about our Cape Coral air conditioning company follow UMI Residential Air Conditioning on Twitter.

– Brett

1 Response

  1. Air Conditioning West Palm Beach Says:

    I’m sure a lot of guys will benefit from this post. Thanks for sharing such very good DIY cleaning guide. I will definitely share this to my friends.

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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