During the hottest parts of the summer, your air conditioner works overtime to keep your home cool. When it is well maintained, it will continue to work flawlessly to keep you cool. But if the condenser should overheat, the motor can shut down or burn out, leaving you with no AC on a hot day. Here is how to inspect and maintain the condenser cooling system to keep your air conditioner working for you.
How Your AC Keeps Itself Cool
The condenser motor is in the cabinet that sits outside of your house. A large fan in the cabinet draws heat from the motor and sends it outside. Multiple metal fins surround the condenser that act as conduits to draw heat away from the motor. Together, the fan and fins keep the condenser from overheating. If the fan blades become dirty and yard debris collects between the fins, the condenser motor can overheat. You can easily maintain these components so they continue to work efficiently.
How to Maintain the Fan and Cooling Fins
To do this task, you'll need:
Note that if a large section of the fins are damaged, you should contact an air conditioning repair service to repair or replace the fins. They have a tool with which they can straighten a large section of fins at once, as long as the fins aren't broken.
How Often to Do This Maintenance
Clean the fan and coils at the start of the summer to get your AC ready to do its job. Mid-way through the summer, check the condenser again for any signs of debris build up or damage. The fins are very light and can be bent by a lawn mower bumping against the cabinet, a power washer pointed at the coils, or a weed trimmer cord hitting the fins. You may need to clean the condenser at this mid-way point if you've had activity in the yard that may have damage the cooling fins.
To learn more, contact a company like A Bailey Plumbing.Share
23 July 2016