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How to Clean Your A/C Condenser

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 8:15 am

For the most common homeowner, an air conditioning system is just a complicated appliance that requires a trained and certified HVAC professional to maintain and service it. While the bulk of this statement is true, there are definitely some procedures on how to clean the AC condenser that can be done by a careful and attentive do-it-yourselfer.

One of the most important factors that determines whether an AC system runs safely, reliably and affordably is the condition of the condenser unit. The condenser is the part of the air condition that is responsible for cooling off the refrigerant and thus the air. In actuality, the condenser merely removes the bulk of the heat form the air and then leaves a much cooler refrigerant behind.

The condenser is that part of your Phoenix AC system that sits outside your home. If you stand near it, you will notice that there is a substantial amount of heat that is generated by the unit. This heat needs to be rapidly dissipated for the condenser to work efficiently. Keeping the vents, tubes and fan blades clean and free of debris will improve your machine’s reliability, durability and affordability.

Cleaning the Condenser

AC condensers are self-contained units! As long as you keep any water or detergent away from the electrical connections, you will have no problems with cleaning it.

1) First, turn off the power to the unit to avoid any accidents.

2) Next, remove any debris like dirt, dust, sticks, stones, leaves or garbage.

3) Third, rinse the tubes and vents with water from a hose.

4) Finally, trim any trees, plants or shrubs that might be affecting the free and easy flow of air to and from the unit.

These few easy steps on how to clean an AC condenser can be accomplished in less than 20 minutes and will ensure a cool and stress free summer for your home. If there are additional issue with your system please call Cool Touch at 623-584-3762.

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