UPDATED: Cleaning Your Air Conditioner Condenser Coils

It is safe to say that the summer heat is finally here to stay. Throughout the Midwest, the summer heat can get very hot. This can result in your air conditioner having to work much harder than normal and can lead to terribly high costs on your energy bills. However, there are some things you can do to help you save on energy costs. 

One way to save energy on your air conditioner this year is by cleaning your air conditioner condenser coils. The condenser coils are located on the outside AC unit and can easily become filled with all types of debris throughout the year. Cleaning the air conditioner condenser coil in your home can significantly impact the performance of your air conditioner and ensure that your home stays cool on summer long. 

At ServiceOne, our Omaha HVAC technicians are professionals in the field and can help you tackle any HVAC issue you run into. Below we explain how homeowners can be cleaning the air conditioner condenser coils in their homes this summer!

How often should you clean your AC condenser coils?

You’ll definitely want to rinse out the condenser coils before you start running your unit in the spring or early summer. Afterward, simultaneously change your air filter and rinse out the coils every month of the summer. Doing this often makes it easier to remove the debris while not giving it time to build, and will keep your unit running effectively without getting bogged down.

Is there anything to be careful of when you’re rinsing the coils?

Make sure that your water pressure isn’t too high, as this can bend the fins. While your air conditioning unit can still run if the fins are bent, too many can block airflow through the coils and decrease efficiency. If the fins are bent, it can be difficult to get a “fin comb” to get them back to normal.

Our video below shows that we do not recommend using a nozzle on your hose. This will add to the pressure. Just use your finger or thumb - or just the hose itself - and gently rinse the coil fins.

Want to see for yourself?

Watch as our ServiceOne air conditioning expert walks you through on how to clean your AC’s condenser coils to help your system run more smoothly:

Cleaning the air conditioning condenser coils within your HVAC unit is one of the easiest ways to take care of your HVAC system. Doing so offers a variety of benefits, including: prolonging the life of your HVAC system, reducing your energy costs, and ensuring that your air conditioner works as it should all summer long.

At ServiceOne, our Omaha HVAC technicians are here to help answer any questions you may have. If you have any concerns regarding your home’s HVAC system, contact one of our Omaha HVAC technicians today!

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