2 Important DIY Condenser-Cleaning Jobs

Posted on: 6 October 2016

If you run your air conditioner on a daily basis during the summer, it is going to need some extra maintenance. Most importantly, you need to ensure that the condenser unit is properly serviced. Of course, you will need to hire an HVAC professional to service the inside of your unit, but there are a few things you can do to the outside of your unit that could greatly affect its productivity. This article explains two important condenser-cleaning jobs.

The Electric Box

On the backside of your condenser unit is a small electric box. This box is easy to identify because it has wires that come out of it and enter the wall of your building. This is obviously the main power supply to the condenser. However, inside this panel there are also some other vital components. It is not necessarily important for you to know what these components are, but you should keep them clean at all costs. First of all, you want to shut down the power to your condenser unit. Since condensers don't have a typical on/off switch, you will need to find the designated breaker switch. When you do flip the switch, it will be safe for you to work on your condenser.

The electric box has a removable access panel. Usually, you just need to loosen a couple of screws to remove this panel. Once you have access to the box, just make sure there is no dust or cobwebs inside it. Be careful that you don't knock any of the wires loose. When you reattach the access panel, make sure you tighten the screws all the way to prevent insects and spiders from getting inside.

The Condenser Exterior

Next, you should clean the outside of the condenser unit. You will notice that within the protective metal cage are sheets of aluminum. These aluminum sheets are attached to the condenser coils inside the unit. This is a vital part of the condensing and heat-transfer process of a central air-conditioning system. If this aluminum is dirty or rusty, this can affect the heat transfer. Basically, you want to use some basic household clean liquids to help break down the dirt. Then, spray down the aluminum with your hose. Feel free to turn up the pressure, but be careful to not put it too high. The aluminum can actually bend if you spray it too hard, so definitely don't use a pressure washer.

These two simple cleaning jobs can have a drastic effect on the productivity of your AC system. Luckily, these jobs are easy and basically free to perform. Don't put them aside, or you could end up with hefty AC repair bills. Talk to a company such as Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning for more information.


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