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Archive for May 7, 2009

Condenser Coil Cleaner Time

Summer is just around the corner and we finally had to turn the air conditioner on at my house! Which made me think- when was the last time I cleaned my air conditioner coil? Two years ago?  Hmm….

Dirty coils on your outside unit are very common and they can kill your air conditioner’s efficiency (it won’t cool as well, will run longer and wear out other parts early not to mention burning up more electricity). Here’s a pretty good article on how to clean the coil.

In the past we weren’t able to ship coil cleaners because hazardousmaterial charges by the shipping companies were too high. This summer’s a different story! Thanks to the chemical engineers at Vapco we have a powerful coil cleaner that doesn’t become classified as hazmat until mixed. It’s a super concentrated version of their Foaminator coil cleaner. The part number is FMG/1Q and one of these quarts mixes two gallons of coil cleaner (enough to last the average home several years). This is an alkaline based coil cleaner- it’s serious stuff and can cause severe burns- so you’ll need to be careful with it once mixed and you’ll need to thoroughly rinse it off the coils with a water hose.

 

If you don’t want to worry about rinsing (for example, if you’re cleaning the coils on your inside unit) the also offer a proffesional strength detergent that you can spray on and forget about. The part number is HPG/1Q and it also makes 2 gallons.  

Both of these cleaners can be shipped UPS for our normal ground shipping rate.