I Have Dirty Coils; Does My Air Conditioner Need to Be Repaired?

When something seems awry with an air conditioner—unusual odors coming from the vents, strange sounds when starting up, uneven levels of cooling—people always hope it’s something easy to fix that they can do themselves. Or they hope that there really isn’t a problem, and the issue will simply go away. But as advanced as modern air conditioners have become, they aren’t self-repairing, and for the most part, you shouldn’t try to do repairs yourself. Air conditioning systems of today are intricate machines that requires knowledgeable technicians to handle major problems.

When you think you need air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.® is on-call 24/7 to help you.

A common problem you may encounter with your AC is dirty coils. Air conditioners have two coils that perform important work. The indoor coil (the evaporator coil) absorbs heat from your home to cool it down. The outside coil (the condenser coil) releases the heat to the outside. If either coil becomes clogged with dust, it restricts the exchange of air. This will result in your air conditioner needing to work harder to reach its target temperature, and you may notice the air coming from the blower isn’t as cool as it should be. An overworked AC is less energy-efficient and also prone to mechanical failures because of the extra wear. A dirty evaporator coil can also start to ice over, further impairing the system.

You need to get dirty coils cleaned as soon as possible. But this isn’t a do-it-yourself opportunity where you can tear open the unit, spray cleaner onto the coils, and wipe them down with a towel. Any time you open the air conditioner cabinet, you risk accidentally damaging the precision components that need to work together to provide you with cool air. Also, the coils must be removed from their position to get a thorough cleaning, and you should leave this to an expert technician so you don’t lose refrigerant, the chemical compound flowing through the AC. A technician will cut the refrigerant lines before removing the coil, and later restore any lost refrigerant charge.

Don’t delay in dealing with a dirty coil—it could be costing you money and damaging other parts of your AC. Call our technicians at Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.® for your Cincinnati air conditioning repair needs.


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