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How to Maintain Your Condenser Unit: Homeowner’s Guide

Atlanta Heating & Air Solutions Mabelton
Maintain Your Condenser Unit

Maintaining your condenser unit will improve the performance of your air conditioning system. Located outdoors, the condenser unit contains several essential components. Within this box-shaped unit is a fan, compressor and coil, all of which work harmoniously together to cool your home. Here’s a brief guide on how to maintain your condenser unit.

Maintain Your Condenser Unit

Check for Ice

You should regularly check your condenser unit for signs of ice. Ice indicates an underlying problem. Under normal circumstances, neither the condenser unit nor any other part of your air conditioning system should develop ice. If you notice ice on the condenser unit – or within the condenser unit itself – you’ll need to investigate the problem.

Maybe your air ducts are clogged, or perhaps your air conditioning system is leaking refrigerant. Problems such as restricted airflow and low refrigerant levels can manifest in the form of a frozen condenser unit.

Trim the Foliage

Condenser units are often exposed to foliage. After all, they are installed outdoors. If you have bushes, flowers, weeds or other foliage growing on your property, you should keep it away from your condenser unit. Allowing foliage such as this to encroach upon your condenser unit may result in poorer cooling performance. Your air conditioning system may struggle to keep your home cool due to the overgrown condenser unit.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends trimming back foliage at least 2 feet from the condenser unit. That will provide your condenser unit with enough “breathing room” to effectively release heat.

Get a Professional Inspection

When was the last time your condenser unit was professionally inspected? If it’s been longer than a year, you should schedule an appointment with a heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) technician.

You won’t be able to access the components inside of the condenser unit unless you open it. Unless you’re familiar with HVAC systems and how they work, though, you shouldn’t attempt to open it yourself. Instead, you should hire an HVAC technician.

An HVAC technician can open your condenser unit to inspect the enclosed components. During the inspection, the HVAC technician may check to make sure the fins on the coil are straight. If any of the fins are bent, the HVAC technician may straighten them using a special tool known as a fin comb. The HVAC technician may also check the compressor and fan during the inspection to ensure they are working as intended.

Need Help? Contact Us!

For all your heating and cooling needs in Mableton Georgia area, contact Atlanta Heating and Air Solutions. Our highly-skilled and experienced professionals can take on any repair, maintenance, or installation job – no matter how big or small. We offer a wide range of services to meet your every need, and we’re always available to answer any questions you may have.

It’s our goal to not only meet your expectations but to exceed them. If you need assistance with any aspect of your heating and cooling system, don’t hesitate to contact Atlanta Heating and Air Solutions. We’re here to help you in any way we can, and we’ll make sure the job is done right.

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