The Danger of a Dirty Outside Air Conditioner Coil

The Danger of a Dirty Condenser Coil

Little do most homeowners know, your unit’s indoor evaporator coil and outside condenser coil play an integral role in the cooling process but can accumulate dirt quickly due to their locations! If you don’t keep your coils clean, it could lead to some severe issues. We’ll be discussing what a condenser coil is, the dangers of a dirty one, and how to keep it clean.

What It Is

The condenser coil is located in your outside AC unit where refrigerant passes in order to transfer the heat from inside your home to outside your home. Your coil is exposed to the dirt and debris of the outside and can eventually have build-up that can hinder your air conditioner’s operation.

The Dangers

  • Your comfort is compromised. Not having a properly cooling system during the heat of summer can be frustrating. Since your outdoor coil is where the heat gets transferred from indoors and released, if this component gets dirty, it’s extremely likely that heat will not be eliminated from your home as efficiently as possible.
  • Your energy bills may increase. Not only will this leave you feeling sticky and hot at home, but you may even notice an increase in your energy bills! Your dirty coils are working even harder to try to remove the heat from your home, therefore using more energy and money.
  • Wear and tear on your unit. Like we mentioned earlier, your system will be working even harder just to try to operate normally. Over time, this causes unnecessary wear and tear on your system and may lessen the years you have with your system or might even cause your system to break down.

How Can I Avoid This?

As a homeowner, what you can do is minimize the amount of hindrances that your outdoor condenser may encounter – remove any plants, leaves, dirt, and wood from the area and try to keep children and pets away. Unfortunately, coils are not only hard to access but can be hard to clean so it is a job best left for a professional. Make sure to schedule an air conditioning tune up at least once a year. If you’re in need of coil cleaning or air conditioning check-up in San Antonio and surrounding areas, make sure to give your air specialists at Dilmak a call today at 210-649-3333.