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Cleaning Your AC Coils: Barron’s Best Practices

We talk a lot about best practices that customers can take to improve the efficiency and condition of their air conditioning equipment. From changing your air filter to cleaning vents and adjusting thermostat settings, there’s a lot to consider. But one of the lesser-known things that customers might find helpful is the cleaning of AC coils.

Your air conditioner is comprised of an evaporator coil (the inside one) and a condenser coil (the outside one) which are both in charge of absorbing and dispersing heat. These coils need to be kept clean, otherwise you can come across some pretty bad situations. Dirty coils lead to bad efficiency, ice growing on them, and even uncomfortable indoor temperatures.

So, if you’re looking for how to clean AC coils in Bellingham, or would like to know Barron’s secret easy tip for getting this done perfectly every year, then keep reading!

When Coil Cleaning Is Important

Dirty coils can cause serious problems for your air conditioner. Think about it–the coils need constant access to the air around them in order to function properly. The evaporator coils must constantly be absorbing the heat from your indoor air, while the condenser coils disperse that heat into the environment where it’s far away from your home.

Clean coils can do this job more easily and efficiently, using less electricity in the process.

The Problem With Dirty Coils

Dirty coils are a problem for a number of different reasons.

  • Inefficiency. A system with dirty coils is going to use more electricity to run regular cycles, which costs more over a long period of time.
  • Lower system lifespan. Dirty coils cause more stress on the system which can cause components to break down faster.
  • Poor comfort. Those cool indoor temperatures will slowly become more uncomfortable as the coils get gunked up and dirty.
  • Ice. If coils can’t easily transfer heat to and from the air, ice will form on the coils and ruin your system’s efficiency.

Cottonwood, Pollen, Dirt, and More

In the Bellingham area, our air conditioners can get plagued with cottonwood fluff and pollen of all different types of plants. This can not only lead to some of the worst allergies imaginable, but also a dirty air conditioner coil as a result.

We’d recommend taking a hose to your air conditioner’s condenser coil when you see this kind of debris in the air. Then, make sure you schedule an appointment with us for an air filtration system for your house if you’re starting to get ill with allergy symptoms.

The Secret to Perfectly Cleaned Coils

The truth is that an average homeowner might not have the tools or know-how to adequately clean the coils of their air conditioner. This isn’t their fault, these systems are extremely complex and anyone could risk voiding the warranty of their system if they start opening components up while trying to clean them.

So, we include coil cleaning in our maintenance plan when customers schedule this service on a yearly basis. This is an affordable and simple way to get perfectly cleaned AC coils with an additional inspection, system adjustment, and more.

Why clean these coils yourself if you could get your entire AC cleaned and inspected for one low cost?

Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, and the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Barron Heating and Air Conditioning today for quality AC maintenance. 

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