If your air conditioning system takes too long to reach the temperature set on your thermostat and cool down your house, you may wonder if it's broken or needs servicing. Although there could be something seriously wrong with your AC, there may actually not be. Sometimes, cooling systems function poorly because of simple things, such as a dirty air filter and clogged drainage system. You may need to clean the condenser coil in the outside unit. Before you call a professional, try the simple AC fixes first.
Flush Out the Drainage Line
When you change or replace the air filter in your indoor unit to improve the operations of your cooling system, it's a good idea that you flush out the drainage line as well. The drainage line empties water from the condensate pan located just below the evaporator, or cooling, coil. Sometimes, algae and mold form inside the line and clog it up, which generally causes water to backflow into the pan. If the pan fills up with too much water, the excess liquid inside the evaporator coil has nowhere to go and eventually freezes on the surfaces of the part. A frozen evaporator coil can't cool down your house.
To keep the problems above from affecting your cooling system, purchase a 32-ounce bottle of white distilled vinegar to kill the mold and algae growing inside the drainage line. Also, obtain a small funnel, a large empty bucket and several cleaning rags.
Now, follow these steps:
After you complete the steps above, you're ready to wash down the condenser coil outside the home.
Wash Down the Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is located on the outside of the outdoor unit. It features tiny parts that resemble fish scales or fins. The parts can build up with dirt and prevent the coil from ejecting heat out of the system. If heat backs up inside the AC's system, it can perform poorly.
You can solve this issue with the tips below:
If you have a fin brush or comb on hand, use it to straighten out the fins. Otherwise, replace the cage and allow the condenser coil to dry. Return power to the cooling system and wait until it reaches the temperature set on your thermostat. If the cooling system reaches the right temperature, you have successfully solved the issue.
If the system still doesn't cool the home or reach the right thermostat temperature, contact an air conditioning contractor from a company like Metro Air for services.Share