You probably have your air conditioner serviced on a regular basis to keep it from breaking down. One of the important preventive maintenance tasks is to clean the air handler and condenser. Keeping your air conditioner clean helps it run more efficiently and it can prevent certain problems from developing. Here's why it is important to have your air conditioner cleaned annually.
Dirty Coils Lead To Icing Over
One common malfunction with air conditioners is when the coils ice over. This keeps your AC from blowing out cool air. One of the main reasons for this condition is dirty coils in the AC. The coils in the condenser are exposed to the elements so dust, dirt, and debris can build up on them over time. When you have yearly AC maintenance, the contractor cleans off the coils and removes debris that has accumulated over the fall, winter, and spring. This lets you start the summer with clean coils so the risk of icing over is greatly reduced when your AC is used heavily during the hottest months of the year.
A Dusty AC Affects Indoor Air Quality
Another reason to keep dust and pet hairs cleaned off your air conditioner is to keep the air cleaner in your home. The AC filter has the important job of filtering out the air that is sucked into the HVAC. When the filter is caked with dust, the dust can get pulled through the filter and accumulate on the inside of the air handler. Then this dust is picked up and circulated through the ducts and blown into your home. A dirty HVAC may cause more dust to settle in your home and the air may have particles that irritate your allergies.
A Dirty AC May Raise Your Power Bills
When your AC is full of dust and other contaminants it has to struggle to operate and keep your home cool. This results in your AC being less efficient and this could be reflected in higher power bills. Simply servicing the parts is not enough to keep your AC in top form. It also has to be kept clean and free from obstructions so your home stays cool while the AC runs as little as possible. If your AC has to struggle, it may run several hours a day or even all day long just to keep your home comfortable. One of the most important things you can do to help your AC is to change the filter regularly. You may need to change it once a month when your AC is being used daily.
In addition to changing the filter, you can vacuum dirt and dust out of the AC and clean dust out of the vents and registers. However, the insides need to be cleaned too. An HVAC contractor can do that easily during an annual service call that cleans your air conditioner and services worn parts at the same time.