Whether you’re self-quarantining or you’re just trying to save a few bucks, DIY air conditioning condenser coil cleaning is the best thing you can do to improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Preventative HVAC maintenance and condenser coil cleaning helps extend the life of your air conditioning unit, improves energy efficiency, keeps you more comfortable, and helps minimize emergency repair calls.
Look, we still think preventative maintenance important, but it’s just not THAT important right now. Although we’re back in the business of providing essential heating and cooling services to our friends and neighbors throughout East Nashville — from as safe a distance as possible — we’re not scheduling preventative maintenance calls.
Because they’re just not that essential. And you can do a big chunk of the work yourself! You’ve got the time, right?
Check out this beautifully-filmed DIY Condenser Coil Cleaning how-to video starring Cumberland Cooling’s very own Blake Taylor:
How to Clean Your Air Conditioning Condenser Coils
Step 1: Shut off the power to the unit.
Step 2: If you can, remove the panels to improve your access to the air conditioner condenser coils. If you can’t, don’t sweat it.
Step 3: Set your sprayer head to the flat setting, if possible. You’ll want a strong spray, but not too strong (don’t use the jet setting). If the water stream is too strong it can bend the delicate coils, impairing airflow. Start with a small test area to see how things go. Small areas of bent coil aren’t the end of the world — 2020 is taking care of that for us, anyway — just don’t do it again. Step 4: Moving top to bottom, all the way around the coils, methodically and diligently spray the coils down to remove the build-up and debris that collects over the season.
Step 4.5: If you were unable to remove the panels, direct the spray up into the louvers, moving top to bottom.