How does your air conditioning company clean your Condenser unit during a Spring Tuneup or Checkup? Do they wash the unit from the outside in? Do they always use coil cleaners on the aluminum fins and copper tubing?
When Clear Springs Air Conditioning and Electric cleans a Condenser, we remove the top grill the fan motor is attached to off of the Condenser unit. We do this for several reasons.
Some Condenser Motors are oil-able. The only way to check to see if they are and to oil these motors is to pull the top.
Another reason we do so is that when the system is running, dirt is drawn into the Condenser Coil through the coil guard from the outside in. A much better cleaning is completed by washing the Coil from inside out with the top off. This allows for a very through cleaning with much more dirt removed from the Coil. The top off also allows any trash and leaves that have accumulated to be removed from inside the unit at the same time.
While the top is off, we check Compressor wires and connections, Reversing Valve Wires and connections, and Fan Motor wires for cuts, nicks, abraded areas, and burns. We check the Fan Motor Bearings for slop while the top is off the unit.
As far as my question about Coil Cleaner use - I believe Coil Cleaners are a tool that can be over used. Most Air Conditioners in a residential setting, as well as most in commercial settings (restaurants and factory settings excluded) get lots of dust and dirt, leaves and grass, but little grease or other sticky pollutants embedded annually on the coil. If it is necessary and used sparingly, Coil Cleaner is great. If over-used or improperly used in too strong a solution; it can remove paint, etch the aluminum and copper ultimately creating non repairable leaks. It can also kill your grass and plants. It gets very expensive to replace a leaky Condenser Coil! To extend the life of a unit, I usually try to wash it with Coil Cleaner only every three years unless there is a reason to do so more often.
If you have any questions about maintaining your Air Conditioning System or the Electrical Systems in your home or business, we will be happy to discuss them with you.
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When Avery Park was built, it seems everyone got a General Electric refrigerator with icemaker in the door. This morning, one of the neighbors who has lived here about 4 years said her refrigerator was not working well. It was making a lot of noise and was blowing a lot of heat from under the bottom towards her kitchen. During the repair, she committed that her electric bills were running $20.00 to $30.00 dollars more this year than last.
When we pulled the refrigerator out of the space between the cabinets, we found the vent holes on the cardboard backing on the bottom of the refrigerator were completely covered with lent and dirt.
After unplugging the refrigerator from the wall, we vacuumed the cardboard backing off. There was a lot of dirt in the canister on the vacuum cleaner. The homeowner said she had just emptied it just before we started. When I emptied the refrigerator dirt from the vacuum cleaner canister it contained a little over 2 cups of dirt and lint. I then disassembled the cardboard backing from the refrigerator by removing 4 screws.
Next, I removed the fan.
To do this I simply unplugged the plastic Molex plug from the wiring pigtail, and removed 2 screws and then pulled out the fan.
I carefully removed the compression ring that holds the fan blade to the fan shaft.
Then using a paintbrush and the vacuum cleaner, I proceeded to vacuum and brush clean the fan shroud and motor to remove the dirt. With the dirty plastic fan blade removed from the fan motor, I simply washed it in the sink with dishwashing soap and a kitchen scrubber. Afterwards I reassembled the fan assembly making sure the compression ring was reinstalled.
Next, using the vacuum cleaner and paintbrush, I gently started to clean the condenser coil.
I was able to remove most of the dust and dirt this way. Finally to get rest of the dirt off the coil, I simply sprayed the coil off with some slightly soapy water then rinsed with clean water.
The pan under the coil and compressor is designed to take the overflow water from the icemaker and the defrost water and allow it to evaporate as it is exposed to the heat from the compressor and condenser coil.
I mopped up the water I could get to from the water pan. I reassembled the fan to the condenser coil, plugged the Molex connector back in, replaced the cardboard backing, and after mopping the floor behind the refrigerator, slid the refrigerator back into the space between the cabinets. The final picture is of the dirt I was able to remove just from the coil, the fan assembly, and the water pan.
The quarter is for size comparison.
Performing this deep clean restored the fridge to its original cooling ability, reduced the noise it was creating and prevented the fridge from expelling hot air from the front.
We also anticipate the customer seeing a reduced energy bill and a longer refrigerator lifespan.
We encourage each of our customers to perform a cleaning like this every few years. If you don't have the time or prefer to hire a professional, give Clear Springs Air Conditioning & Electric a call. We're happy to help you out!
One of the most common electrical devices I replace in a home is the GFI. The GFI or GFCI Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter device's only reason for existence is to prevent electrical shock or worse, electrocution. The definition of electrocution is death by electrical shock.
Technically, the GFCI senses the electrical current flowing between the electrically hot wire and the ground wire. This electrical current should be equal. If the electrical current flow is not equal, even 3 to 4 milliamps difference, it will trip in less than 1 second.
For example, if you are using a hair dryer and because it somehow gets wet and some small part of the electrical current flows through your body instead of through the GFCI, then it will open the circuit and shut off current flow to the hair dryer.
You should find these devices where ever there is a chance you may come in contact with electricity and water, such as the kitchen, bathroom, unfinished basement, outdoors, and in your garage.
There are 3 main types in use in homes and businesses today. The 1st is the wall plug (see photo). The second is a device used on extension cords and is mobile and easy to use anywhere, and the third is in your breaker panel.
My final comment on these lifesaving devices is that they should be tested monthly. To test them, trip the button marked test, and then reset it with the button marked reset. If it will not trip, or it will not reset, have a qualified electrician check it out for you. These devices are often at the head of a circuit that controls many other receptacles, if they are not wired correctly into the GFCI, it and they will not be protected.
Today, many homeowners are trying to do more of the repair and maintenance tasks on their homes. One of the easiest and least costly tasks to do is changing the filters in their home Air Conditioning System. Often though, this task is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood jobs. I hope to help remedy this over my next few blogs.
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At Clear Springs Air Conditioning and Electric, we pride ourselves in the quality of service we provide. We are committed to being a service organization first. Many so called service companies focus on sales not on service. We do not. We will not hurry through your service or repairs so we can make a sale elsewhere. We are as happy to do your twice yearly system service checkup as we are to install a new system. Please follow us on Facebook as we delve further into filters and other home improvement matters.
Jonathan Smith has been in the Air Conditioning and Heating industry for well over 30 years and has spent more than 27 years in the Electrical industry.