Brewer -- HVAC Coils -- 05-02-16

Installation and Maintenance of HVAC Coils

Ensuring Proper Installation

The first step in making sure that your HVAC coil is installed properly is to use a reputable and professional company, like us here at Brewer Refrigeration. After that, it all comes down to the technician following standard procedure for installing the coil. Such as using appropriate soldering or brazing techniques and pulling a vacuum in the line to be sure that it is not going to leak any refrigerant. This is a job for a trained professional and should not be attempted as a DIY project.

Maintaining Your HVAC Coils

The second most important thing in making sure your coils run efficiently and smoothly is proper maintenance of them. This is something a homeowner can do if they wish, or it can be a part of a maintenance agreement.

Maintaining the coils in an HVAC system comes down to keeping them clean and free of any dust or debris buildup. On a split system, the condenser coil is going to be the one that is most easily reached by a homeowner for basic maintenance. Cleaning this coil is pretty straight-forward and should be done at least once a year.

First, pull the disconnect from the power box either mounted on the condenser unit itself, or on the wall nearby, flip it over so “off” reads right-side up, and reinsert it. This will keep power from going to the unit and it turning on while you’re maintaining it.

Next, remove any debris from around the outside of the condenser box. Next, take a garden hose and thoroughly spray down all sides of the unit and wash off any small debris. Using a coil cleaning agent, spray down each side of the condenser coil, being sure to get in between the fins.

Once that has set for the time according to directions, spray it off again with the hose and then reconnect the disconnect. Lastly, use a fin comb to straighten any bent fins.

By using this simple maintenance method at least once a year, your coil will function efficiently and trouble free every season. Follow the Brewer Refrigeration blog to stay informed on how to maintain your HVAC system.

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