How Dirty Coils Harm Your HVAC System

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As a homeowner, keeping your HVAC system in good working order is essential to ensure your home stays comfortable throughout the year. One of the most critical components of your system is the condenser coils in the outdoor unit.

Depending on the season, these coils work tirelessly to exchange heat with the outside air, which helps keep your home cool or warm. However, when these coils become dirty, they can cause a host of problems that can compromise the efficiency and function of your HVAC system. In this blog, we'll examine how dirty coils harm your HVAC system and what you can do about it.

How Condenser Coils Get Dirty

The most common way condenser coils become dirty is through exposure to outdoor elements. For example, leaves, grass, and other debris can quickly become lodged in the coil fins, which decreases airflow and impacts the coil's ability to transfer heat.

Additionally, outdoor pollutants like smog or exhaust fumes can contribute to the buildup of grime and dirt on the coils. Over time, the accumulation of debris on the coils can lead to several problems for your HVAC system, including reduced efficiency, system breakdowns, or in some cases, even complete system failure.

How Do I Know If My Coils Need To Be Cleaned?

So, how can you tell if your coils are dirty and need cleaning? Generally speaking, you can visually inspect the coils for debris or dirt buildup. However, it is recommended to have an HVAC professional perform a thorough cleaning annually to ensure your system is functioning optimally. During this maintenance visit, the technician will inspect your system and determine if any cleaning or repairs are necessary.

Why Should I Keep My Coils Clean?

In addition to decreased efficiency and potential system breakdowns, dirty coils can lead to other costly issues. For example, your system may be forced to work harder to reach the desired temperature in your home due to the reduced efficiency that dirty coils cause. This can result in your energy bills skyrocketing as your system works overtime to keep up with demand. Furthermore, dirty coils can cause your system to wear out prematurely, leading to costly repair bills or even the need to replace the entire system altogether.

Regular maintenance from an HVAC professional can help identify and resolve any issues before they become more significant problems. Don't risk damaging your HVAC system by neglecting your coils - be proactive by scheduling regular maintenance with our experts at Prestige Air Heating & Cooling, LLC. Contact us today; our wallet will thank you! (973) 755-2210

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