What happens when there are dirty air conditioner fins and coils?
This might not look like a big deal.
But underneath these fins are the coils.
When air conditioner compressor coils get dirty it can be a big deal!
Visibly dirty, these coils are where air blows out and the coils are cooled while the air conditioning is on.
Since this unit is a heat pump it is also where the cool air blows out during the heating season.
But the coils are the key, especially to a system that works 9 or 10 months a year.
> Your energy consumption goes up! As it does the efficiency of the system drops dramatically.
> The life span of the unit is reduced! Typically, the two most expensive things of a house are the roof and the HVAC system.
> How much is efficiency affected? By as much as 30%! That is a big deal!
Another problem happens when the AC compressor is located too near to a dryer vent discharge hood!
The fins can fill up with lint and the system can get clogged beyond belief. Consider the efficiency and life span of any unit when that happens!
My recommendation: check your AC or heat pump compressor! Check its location as related to the dryer. Check the coils to see if they are dirty and need cleaning. If they do, get them cleaned! I have cleaned mine with my hose. Professional cleaning can always be done too. When the unit operates efficiently and lasts a long time, THAT is a big deal!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560