All About Evaporator Coil Cleaning

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All About Evaporator Coil Cleaning

Is your air conditioning system ready to face the heat of summer in Arizona? Now is the best time to make sure your air conditioning unit is in top condition. Trust us when we say, you don’t want an air conditioning emergency when summer rolls in.  

We cannot stress this enough: pre-season tuning up will save you from loads of inconveniences. Your air conditioning system must be thoroughly inspected and minor flaws should be fixed to prevent major HVAC disasters.

The evaporator coil is one component that must be cleaned and tuned up regularly. Many homeowners only go as far as cleaning air filters and replacing disposable ones. That’s a good practice, but take it a step further by cleaning evaporator coils to ensure a consistent supply of cool air in your home.

The Importance of the Evaporator Coil

The air conditioning system is divided into 2 main parts: the indoor unit and the outdoor unit.

You will find the evaporator coil in the indoor unit, or the air handler, together with the air filter and the blower fan. The outdoor unit, on the other hand, has the compressor and the condenser coil. 

The coolant called refrigerant flows between the indoor and outdoor units, absorbing heat from the inside and releasing it outside the house. The fan blows air over the evaporator coil, and the evaporator coil is then responsible for cooling the refrigerant so that it can do its job and absorb heat. Once it absorbs heat, the refrigerant flows to the outside unit where compression and pressurization happen to turn the refrigerant into a hot gas.

Effects of a Bad Evaporator Coil

What happens when the evaporator coil stops working properly? 

Generally speaking, the evaporator coil affects the whole HVAC process. When it is not working properly because of dust, leaks, frozen ice, or other causes, it reduces the efficiency of the air conditioner to cool your home and reduce humidity in the air. 

Without the evaporator coil, the refrigerant cannot perform its function properly. And we know that without the refrigerant, no cooling takes place. The HVAC system is a complex system of interrelated processes. One component’s weakness will eventually cause the failure of other components. We see that again and again, whether it’s the air filter, the AC coils, or the thermostat that is going bonkers.   

When one component affects the HVAC system’s performance, you can expect energy consumption to increase. This is true for evaporator coils too. The air conditioner uses more electrical energy to compensate for the bad evaporator coil. 

Unfortunately, no amount of energy will fix evaporator coil issues. In fact, the opposite is true. As the air conditioner struggles to provide cool air, it puts the whole system at risk of major system breakdowns and a  shorter AC lifespan.

 A professional HVAC technician must be called to inspect and fix any AC coil problem.

Benefits of Coil Cleaning

Benefits of Coil Cleaning

Like the air filter, the evaporator coil needs cleaning and maintenance. Unlike the air filter, you are better off with a professional air conditioning technician doing the routine evaporator coil tune-up for you.

In Phoenix and other cities in the Valley, AC maintenance is a must before the start of the summer season. It gives you a number of benefits that ensure your summer is as perfect as it can be.

  1. Coil cleaning ensures the coils are in excellent condition to meet the cooling demands of your home, especially in summer.
  2. Cleaning the evaporator coil gives maintenance technicians the chance to fix minor issues before they become full-blown AC problems.
  3. Coil maintenance extends the life of your air conditioning system.
  4. Clean coils allow the AC system to run on lesser energy, effectively reducing energy consumption and energy bills.

Smart homeowners don’t skip coil cleaning. It’s a simple task that has loads of benefits to reap.

Contact Us

For your peace of mind and your convenience, call  Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC for a fast and efficient maintenance service. Our professional technicians follow a maintenance checklist that includes a thorough inspection and tuning up of the air handler, including the evaporator coil. The coil is cleaned and ensured to be in excellent shape to provide consistent cool air to your home.

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