What is an Evaporator Coil?
Chances are, knowing the ins and outs of your air conditioner isn’t on your list of hobbies. But knowing a little about what’s under the ‘hood’ of your AC can make your life a little easier when a problem arises. Take, for example, the evaporator coil. This seemingly insignificant component tucked away in your AC actually has a pretty big job to do. Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about what your evaporator coil does to keep you comfortable.
Anatomy of an Evaporator Coil
Within every air conditioner is an evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is an essential component of your AC and works to absorb heat as it passes through the unit. During the refrigeration cycle, chilled refrigerant is sent to an indoor coil, known as the evaporator coil. From here, the evaporator coil houses the refrigerant, which evaporates from a liquid to a gas. This process prompts the fan motor to kick on, which blows the air, now cool, throughout your home. After the refrigerant is sent through the condenser unit to be turned back into a liquid, it cycles back over the condenser coil to begin the process again.
Keeping Your Evaporator Coils Working Efficiently
As with any other expensive appliance in your home, your air conditioner requires a little TLC and routine maintenance every now and then. The easiest and most efficient way to ensure your evaporator coils remain in good condition is by having them cleaned on a routine basis. Dirty evaporator coils can make your air conditioner less efficient and can ultimately have a negative effect on your entire HVAC system. Fortunately, cleaning your evaporator coils is relatively easy and only requires a few steps:
1. Turn off the power to your AC.
2. Access the panel that houses the evaporator coils.
3. Mix a solutions of warm water and a basic cleaning detergent and pour into a spray bottle.
4. Apply the solution to the coils and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.
5. Gently wipe away the debris with a soft cloth after the solution has sat for five minutes.
Call Sea Coast Air Conditioning for all of Your AC Needs
The evaporator coils are just one of the essential parts within your AC. In order for your air conditioner to work efficiently, every component needs to be functioning properly with one another. At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, we want your home to feel its best all year long, which is why we provide comprehensive AC services. If you’re experiencing any problems with your AC, give us a call today! We will quickly diagnose and assess any issues and get your AC functioning as efficiently as possible.