How Often Should My AC Be Cleaned?

How Often Should My AC Be Cleaned

When it comes to your air conditioning system, you will want to do everything you can to keep it in great shape for as long as possible. One of the most effective ways to protect your air conditioner is with routine annual check-ups. During this routine maintenance your cool system will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned by HVAC professionals.

They will clean yourAC unit and inspect it to ensure the system is running and working efficiently. Trane share’s some more insight into the importance of cleaning your coils below:


Take care of your air conditioner coils for best cooling performance

Your AC coils are a big part of making sure your home stays cool on hot days. In a traditional split-system HVAC device, you’ll have an indoor and outdoor unit each containing one coil. Within the indoor unit of the system you have the evaporator coil, responsible for absorbing heat and humidity from your home. Within the outdoor unit of the system you have the condenser coil, responsible for releasing that heat and humidity outside, so it doesn’t get stuck in the air conditioner or your home.

The two coils form one continuous loop and, without them, heat and humidity would never escape your home, which could make it uncomfortably warm when you want it to be cool. Because the coils are such an important part of the air conditioner, keeping AC coils clean is crucial. While AC coil maintenance is dangerous and should only be handled by a licensed HVAC technician, there are a few safe tips and tricks you can perform yourself to make sure your coils stay in tip-top shape.

Why keep AC coils clean?

It’s important to schedule regular maintenance on your air conditioner, which includes AC coil maintenance, to ensure your unit is running at the best of its ability. When your air conditioner coils are dirty your entire unit will run less effectively, it will take longer and cost more to get your home to your desired temperature, and eventually, the entire unit may be compromised.

What problems can arise from dirty coils?

  • Decreased AC efficiency: The primary function of your air conditioner is to absorb heat and humidity from your home and release it outside to ultimately cool your home. The AC coils are a crucial component in this process. When the coils are covered in dust, dirt, debris, or anything else, the unwanted particles form an insulating layer around the coils. This blocks the coils from the surrounding air, which makes the cooling process longer and harder for the air conditioner to perform, resulting in your home staying at an undesired, warm temperature for long periods of time.
  • Increased cooling costs: No one wants a high energy bill, but if your AC coils are dirty, it’s likely that it will affect your statement. When coils are dirty, it takes longer to complete the heat transfer process, which means your air conditioner needs to run for longer to get your home to your desired temperature. The longer your air conditioner is on, the higher your energy costs.
  • Larger system repairs or replacement: Going too long without having your AC coils professionally cleaned and maintained might result in larger problems with the unit and could eventually force you to replace your system entirely. For example, dust and dirt build-up on your evaporator coil means the refrigerant running through the coil won’t be able to warm up as much as it’s supposed to, which causes the water vapor to freeze instead of becoming a liquid. A frosted over AC coil won’t be able to absorb heat correctly, which could eventually cause the entire unit to break. Other issues that can arise from dirty AC coils and lead to larger system malfunctions are the compressor overheating and leaks forming in the coils.


Affordable AC Maintenance in Houston

Autumn Mechanical — formerly Autumn Air delivers a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service. Based in Spring, TX, Autumn Mechanical specializes in HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration services. Serving customers in Houston, Dallas, and surrounding areas, our professional technicians serve with expertise and integrity.

With over 30 years of experience in the air conditioning and heating business, the team at Autumn Mechanical has built a trusted reputation throughout the communities of Houston. Our air conditioning services include but are not limited to, residential/commercial AC and heating, repair, service, installation, maintenance, and heat pump equipment repair.

Whenever you are looking for high-quality air conditioning and heating services at a day affordable price, we can help! We service and replace both commercial and residential HVAC systems in order to bring you the ultimate climate control. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today to find out what we can do for your home or business.


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18812 Tomato St.
Spring, TX 77379
(713) 864-8368
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