When it comes to maintenance issues with our AC units, it is always wise to call an expert to examine and fix your system. However, there are a few services one can do by themselves. While many people focus on checking the main parts of the system, it is also important to inspect the internal components.
Ensuring that these internal parts are in working order increases the system’s efficiency and reduces the need for an AC repair in Minneapolis. One of the internal components that require your attention is the evaporator coil. It must be cleaned at regular intervals to prevent the system from clogging.
Ways in Which AC Coils Can be Accessed and Cleaned
Maintaining a clean AC evaporator coil reduces the chances of you having to schedule an AC replacement in Minneapolis:
1. Accessing the A/C Evaporator Coils
- Before you start cleaning your evaporator coils, the first thing to do is ensure that your system and the thermostat have been switched off.
- It is also a good idea to disconnect the system from the circuit breaker(if possible). Most of the indoor ac units have an access panel that can be opened and removed. This acts as a door for the evaporator coils.
- Once you found the panel, remove its screws to loosen up the panel and remove.
2. Cleaning the Coils with Compressed Air
This is typically for systems that are not heavily congested with dirt:
- Once the system is turned on, divert the compressed air in the opposite direction of the regular airflow and direct it onto the dirtier part. If the dirt refuses to come out, move the air nozzle as near to the bottom of the dirt as possible.
- If you prefer to use a high-pressure flow, point the compressed air directly through the fins or hold the nozzle at a 90-degree angle.
- Ensure that the airflow is always constant as it will avoid sending the dirt further into the fins, which would be challenging to remove.
- Try to avoid blowing the dirt and debris into the ductwork as it can cause trouble later on. If this occurs, call for an AC repair in Minneapolis immediately. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove the loosened-up dirt.
3. Cleaning the Coils with Water and Mild Detergent
This is one of the easiest processes to follow. If you don’t prefer using a commercial cleaner, you can clean the coils in this way:
- Firstly, select a mild detergent and mix equal parts of detergent and water. A spray bottle makes the application process a breeze.
- Spray the mixture onto the coils and give it a few seconds to soak in. This will help soften and loosen the dirt.
- Once you notice the dirt loosening up, use a brush or soft cloth to wipe it away. Repeat the process if necessary.
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