Depending on where you live, many levels of exhausting air quality can affect the efficiency of your Heating, Ventilation, & A/C system, however high levels of airborne soot & debris cause buildup on the outdoor components of your AC unit, most notably the condenser coil! Did you know that only 1/100th of an inch of dirt buildup on your air conditioner’s condenser coil reduces its efficiency by 5 percent? Buildup causes your machine to work harder to cool your building, & when it works harder, it uses more energy, then this results in higher utility bills.
- Depending on how long you have gone since your air conditioner has been inspected, the buildup of dirt & debris on the condenser coils could be decreasing your electric bill by as much as 30 percent.
The condenser coil is a critical component of your air conditioner, however its function is to help expel heat from the giant amount of air traveling through the system; When a layer of dirt & debris collects on the condenser coil, it acts as an insulator that interferes with the transfer of heat. When the condenser coil cannot do its task efficiently, your unit runs hotter, longer & with higher pressure in order to provide the same level of cooling. In some cases, high levels of sulfur in the soot can even cause corrosion of the condenser coil’s tubes, leading to failure of the unit. It’s best to leave the task of cleaning the coils to a professional who is trained, preventative service to your Heating, Ventilation, & A/C plan & making sure your condenser coils are wash will not only lower your utility bills, but increase the lifespan of your equipment.