For those who are unfamiliar with the components of an air conditioning system, the unit that sits outside the home is called the condenser. The condenser is the part of the air conditioning system that brings in warm air that is treated to cool your home. While it’s important to have your air conditioning system maintained annually by licensed heating and cooling professionals, there are things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioning condenser. Anyone who has replaced an air conditioner knows that it can be a pricy transaction. For that reason, we suggest that homeowners employ the following measures.

It is important to keep the condenser clear of debris. Sometimes shrubs, decorative grasses, and weeds grow too closely to the condenser and interfere with proper functioning. In these cases, simply pull weeds and trim shrubs to allow proper airflow. Also, trim any trees that might hang over the condenser. When tree branches extend over a condenser, the debris that falls from the tree can prematurely age the condenser.

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Even under the best of conditions, air conditioning condensers are subject to becoming dirty. On a regular basis, perhaps monthly, homeowners can clean the condenser while outside watering the flowers or lawn. Using a garden hose and a nozzle, homeowners can clean the fins and surrounding walls of the condenser. It’s always best to unplug the condenser before using water to clean the unit.

When cleaning the condenser, begin by aiming the hose downward on top of the condenser to clean the fins. It’s usually not necessary to remove the protective covering off the top of the unit. Then, clean each of the four sides with the water at high pressure, working from top to bottom. After all four sides have been hosed off, aim the hose at the base of the unit to make sure all of the debris has been removed the condenser. Remember that garden hoses and low pressure nozzles are usually excellent tools in keeping the condenser clean. Refrain from using power washers, as the pressure can be too great and case damage.

If you live in Dallas or the surrounding area and are interested in learning more about the ways to extend the life of your air conditioning condenser, contact AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration today!

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