What is an Evaporator Coil, and What Does it Do?
Your evaporator coil — also known as an A-coil — is usually located inside the house, attached to your system. A crucial part to your air conditioning system, it’s main job is to “absorb” the hot air inside your house. Over time, your evaporator coil will get dirty, and possibly clog up. A dirty or stopped up evaporator coil will cause your system to stop cooling. In some cases, it can even cause water damage to your home!
Does Your Evaporator Coil Need to be Cleaned?
- Do you feel little or no air coming from your vents?
- Do you see water inside your house, around your air conditioner?
- Do you have pets that shed, or a lot of traffic in and out of your home?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then your evaporator coil might need to be cleaned.
Can You Clean Your Evaporator Coil by Yourself?
You should not attempt to clean your own evaporator coil! Often times, cleaning the evaporator coil will require you to disassemble your air conditioning unit, including temporarily cutting the refrigerant lines. This exposes you to the risk of electrical shock, the possibility of damaging other parts, or coming in contact with the refrigerant. Without the proper tools and knowledge, you can also cause permanent damage, requiring that your evaporator coil be replaced.