Why You Should Add Coil Cleaning And Maintenance To Your Air Conditioning Installation Contract
If you have made the decision to have an air conditioning unit installed in your home, one of the things that the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) installation company will offer you is a maintenance contract for annual cleaning and inspections. You might not think it's a big deal, but here's why you should include the maintenance agreement in your air conditioning (AC) installation.
Why AC Units Need Cleaning
It's important to keep your air conditioning system clean because failing to do so can hinder the way that the unit works. Particularly with the coils, if there's any dirt or buildup on them, it can keep them from working effectively. This causes the air conditioner to run far more than it should, so it costs you more in energy costs. It also leads to greater wear and tear on the system, which will increase your repair costs.
Simply keeping the coils and the rest of the unit clean can prevent all of this from happening. It keeps the coils clear enough that they can work the way they are intended, so your air conditioner isn't overtaxed, and it doesn't prematurely fail.
How Often AC Units Need Cleaning
There isn't one single answer about how often you need to clean your air conditioner. In fact, the frequency of cleaning will vary greatly depending on the situation. In most environments, annual cleaning is sufficient, such as right before the start of the warm weather season.
However, if you live in a particularly dusty atmosphere, that can often mean you'll need to clean the air conditioner more often. That's because they will be exposed to more dirt than is typical. In addition, if your air conditioner gets heavy usage, it can accumulate more dirt than necessary. By starting with a maintenance contract at installation, you will be able to keep those the air conditioner and its coils in great condition from the start.
How Your Coils Get Cleaned
Air conditioning condenser coils need to be cleaned carefully because these components are delicate and can be damaged if you are too hard on them. Don't scrub them with anything abrasive or use too much pressure when you clean them. If you damage the coils, they can be very costly to replace with new ones.
In between your appointments with the technician who will manually clean them properly, you can rinse the coils off periodically with your garden hose. That will keep any loose dirt and dust away from them as best as possible.
Talk to your air conditioning installation contractor today about your maintenance and cleaning contract options. He or she will tell you what your choices are.