Your condenser unit was designed to withstand the weather conditions outside, but that doesn’t mean it is invulnerable to problems. By performing these outside condenser unit maintenance tips, you can ensure that your cooling system will operate smoothly and efficiently all summer long.
The two main problems condenser units face
There are various things that can go wrong with your condenser unit that require a professional contractor to fix. However, there are two main problems that can be addressed by you, the homeowner: your unit can get dirty and its air flow can be restricted. Both of these problems are energy wasters and hinder the performance of your cooling system, and the tips below are designed to help you avoid them.
Outside condenser unit maintenance tips:
- Get annual preventive maintenance. During air conditioner preventive maintenance, a technician will fully inspect and clean your unit and fix any problems that are affecting your cooling system. By getting this done once a year, you can ensure your condenser unit is performing at its best and ready to take on the hottest days of the year.
- Keep your condenser clean. Because your condenser unit is located outside, it has to face all of the wind, flying debris, grass and dirt that surround it. Periodically check your unit and remove any leaves, sticks or dirt that you can see. If you’d like to take it a step further, you can purchase a commercial coil cleaner and give your unit a nice scrub down.
- Remove anything that could restrict air flow. There are all kinds of things that can prevent air from flowing through your unit: bushes, branches, wind-blown garbage and more. If you see anything stuck on your unit, remove it right away and be sure to trim plants and foliage back at least two feet from it.
- Keep the condenser fins straight. The fins on your condenser unit are flimsy and can be easily bent. When the fins bend, it makes it harder for air to pass through the unit. A technician will fix this problem during preventive maintenance, but you can also purchase a fin comb to straighten the fins if you notice that they are bent.
If you have any questions about outside condenser unit maintenance, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.