The evaporator coil is an essential component to the coils system. The evaporator coils remove the heat and humidity from the air. Without a properly maintained evaporator coil the cooling system may fail or develop problems. When the evaporator coils become dirty the cooling system is severely impaired. It is important to clean dirty evaporator coils before other more major problems develop. It is important for a homeowner to discover the evaporator coils are dirty and have them cleaned quickly. Hal Mechanical will share some of the common symptoms of dirty evaporator coils.
Loss of Cooling Capacity
One common symptom that homeowners will quickly notice is that their home is increasingly becoming warmer. When the evaporator coils become dirty, it will lose its ability to cool the air and even remove the vapor in the air. The temperature will be warmer and the air more humid. When the air conditioner loses its capacity to cool and remove the moisture in the air, this is a clear sign the evaporator coils need to be cleaned.
Long AC Run Times
Another sign there is a problem with your cooling system and points to the evaporator coils is longer cooling cycles. Because the evaporator coils are dirty, it cannot remove the heat in the air. It will send warm air throughout the home and fail to cool down the inside of the home. The thermostat will sense the temperatures in the home are still too warm and will keep the air conditioner running. The air conditioner cannot remove the heat from the air when the coils are dirty. Along with longer cooling cycles, you will see a higher power bill as a result. To restore a proper cooling cycle, a more comfortable home and to save your wallet, check the evaporator coils and have them cleaned.
Ice on Evaporators Coils
Another sign you need to clean your evaporator coils is when you see ice. Ice will form because the air conditioning system is running for too long. Despite an attempt to cool the home down, the dirty coils are preventing this from happening. As a result, the condensation that is collecting on the evaporator will begin to freeze. If you inspect your evaporator to discover there is ice on it, this indicates the coils are dirty. Another reason why the evaporator will ice up may also be due to dirty air filters or a refrigerant leak. Check the evaporator coils and if they are clean, then check the air filters. If the air filter is also not clogged you must have a refrigerant leak.
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When cleaning the evaporator coils it is best to seek out the aid of a professional. A professional can clean the coils properly and without damaging them. The evaporator’s coil is made of very thin metal fins that can become bent and damaged. If the coils are too badly damaged they will fail to create cool air. You will need to replace the coils if they are damaged. To avoid a major bill, you should seek professional HVAC services. If you need your evaporator coils cleaned or other HVAC services, contact Hal Mechanical today!