Does it seem like it is becoming harder and harder to heat your home during the winter? Even if there temperature outside is not necessarily colder, it might seem like you have to continually turn up your thermostat to keep your rooms warn. There are obviously a few different ways that a home can become less efficient over time. For instance, you can lose heat through your windows. However, your HVAC system also become less efficient over the years just from normal usage and aging. This article looks at a few ways that HVAC systems can lose their efficiency, and what you can do about it.
Problems with Condensers Getting Dirty
It is very common for your air conditioner to become less efficient when the condenser unit gets dirty. The condenser unit is the located outside of your house. This large appliance, which is exposed to the elements, is going to get especially dirty if you don't cover it during the winter, or whenever you are not using it. It will also get dirty more quickly if there is dry dirt on the ground around it. The outside of the condenser unit has the walls that are lined with the condenser coils.These coils are the most important thing to clean. They are also the most vulnerable to getting dirty. Dust and debris can't get blown into the coils, slowing down their functionality and reducing the overall efficiency of your system.
How to Clean the Condenser Coils
Cleaning condenser coils is easier than you might think. In most cases, you can clean them thoroughly with just a hose. Water is usually enough to break down the dirt and wash it out of the coils. There is also coil cleaning solution which you can invest in. You basically spray this onto the coils, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then spray it off with water. First, try cleaning your coils with just water. If this does the job, you don't need to waste you money on any supplies.
Some people with also clean their coils with a special brush. Coil cleaning brushes are basically straight wire brushes that enable you to comb the dirt out of the coil gaps. However, you need to be careful to not bend or flatten the coils.
As you can see, you can do your part to keep up efficiency and functionality of your HVAC system without even spending a dollar. For more information on repairs, contact a business like Bourke's Service Co.