Clean, Repair or Replace: Evaporator Coil

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As a homeowner, you know the value of your air conditioner. After all, it’s the most important part of your home’s comfort. So, when your AC suddenly starts acting up, it’s important for you to get it working again as soon as possible. However, no one wants to be spending unnecessary dollars replacing something that could have been fixed. You want to be sure you’re making the right decision for your family and your wallet. So, how do you know whether it’s time to clean, repair or replace?

Your Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is a vital part of your home comfort system. It is located inside the home either with your furnace or as part of your air handler. It is part of your system’s refrigeration cycle and works by transferring heat. When air comes through the coils, the refrigerant evaporates and the coils absorb the heat.

Clean if… you have poor indoor air quality

Your evaporator coils can and will get very dirty. This is because it is in a dark and usually damp space. Mold and other dangerous bacteria start to grow on your evaporator coils. Not only does this worsen the coils’ efficiency, but it is bad for your indoor air quality. If it has been more than a year since its last cleaning, then it’s probably time to call in the professionals. As part of a routine maintenance clean, your AC technicians will clean and disinfect your evaporator coils.

You may also want to consider installing a UV light inside your evaporator coils. A UV light will help kill the mold and bacteria that grow on your coils. When you are getting your evaporator coils cleaned, be sure to speak with your technician about installing a UV light.

Repair if… the coils are frozen

While it may seem strange that the part of your AC that absorbs heat can freeze, it is actually a very common problem. Many homeowners are stunned when they are looking for a source of their AC problems, only to find that their evaporator coil has turned into an icebox.

There are a number of potential causes for a frozen evaporator coil. Luckily, most of them are an easy fix. It usually has something to do with a problem in the refrigerant line. To find out what’s causing the icy problem, contact your AC professionals to come and diagnose the problem. They can find the cause of the freeze, and in most cases repair the problem without needing to replace anything.

Replace if… you’ve recently bought a new condenser unit

Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that when they simply install a new condenser unit, they will solve their AC woes. However, updating one part of your system and leaving the others untouched can land your with even more problems than when you started. It is impossible for your old evaporator coils to meet the same efficiency of your new condenser unit. In fact, it is very common for homeowners to experience compressor failure in their new units when the coils are not changed. They are also more likely to experience refrigerant leaks and mechanical errors. If you want to get the most out of your new condenser unit, be sure you update your evaporator coils as well.

Call the Professionals at One Hour Air Largo

Whether it’s time to clean, repair or replace your evaporator coils, call One Hour Air Largo. Our team of experienced technicians can help solve even the most horrifying of your AC dilemmas. So don’t wait! Find out how One Hour Air Largo can improve your home’s comfort today!