Your HVAC Coils Need a Strong Cleaning – Here’s Why

What’s the norm for A/C coils? It’s normal that coils be cleaned, not just rinsed, at least once a year! According to energystar.gov, you should get a maintenance checkup on your A/C system every year. And that checkup should include cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils.

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You just ate an amazing dinner! Perhaps a mouthwatering steak, garlic mashed potatoes, and whatever fixings are your favorite. Now that your stomach is completely full and happy, it’s time to clean up the kitchen. Imagine all the food that just sat on your plate and in the pots and pans.

Photo: Creative Commons
Photo: Creative Commons

Now imagine that instead of using soap and water to clean all of the dishes, you just simply rinse the dishes with just water. Would you consider those dishes clean? 

Next, imagine that you just finished up a day of working outside in the hot sun. You’re ready to go inside, take a shower and relax for the rest of the night. You go inside and take a shower with just water. Would you consider yourself clean? 

It’s normal to actually wash our dishes with soap to get them clean, and it’s normal to wash ourselves with soap each day.

So what’s the norm for A/C coils? It’s normal that coils be cleaned, not just rinsed, at least once a year! According to energystar.gov, you should get a maintenance checkup on your A/C system every year. And that checkup should include cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils. As Energy Star states:

Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

If someone suggests just rinsing off your coils, they are cutting corners. Remember, the norm is to use a coil cleaner to clean your coil and then rinse off the coil cleaner. 

Just like you use soap in the shower and soap on your dishes, you should be sure that your coils are cleaned with a coil cleaner each year and not just water

Remember, dirty coils can increase energy usage by 30%! But clean coils save you money.

What are your thoughts on coil cleaning? Do you rinse coils with just water or do you use a cleaner? What type of coil cleaner do you use? Our Powder Kegs powdered coil cleaner is inexpensive, easy to transport and easy to use.

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