In any given year, there are more than 358,000 house fires. Many of those fires are caused by faulty electronics or damaged home appliances.
Believe it or not, your HVAC system can put your home at increased risk for fire damage too.
How? Because of dirty coils in the unit.
Making an HVAC coil cleaning a part of your home maintenance routine will help keep your home safe.
Wondering if your coils are due for a cleaning? In this guide, we'll take a look at the signs of dirty coils and explain what can happen when they're left to collect dust for years on end.
Some residential HVAC problems show no symptoms before leading to a full system breakdown. Luckily, your heating and cooling unit will make it pretty clear that it's time for an appointment.
Under normal weather conditions, you have a general idea of how much your heating and cooling bills should run.
If you notice that the cost is going up each month, it's time to schedule an appointment.
Dirty coils can cause wear and tear on other components. This can lead to more frequent and more extensive repairs.
If you're having to call the technician out multiple times each season, ask them to inspect the coils.
Dirty coils often start breaking down and corroding away. As the corrosion builds, it can eat through the coil itself and cause the toxic refrigerant to leak out of the system.
When your unit has a refrigerant leak, it has to work harder to maintain ideal temperatures in your house. This can cause higher energy bills and make existing wear and tear even worse!
Dirty coils do more than make your unit run less efficiently. They also increase your risk of a fire in your home.
The buildup of dirt, dust, and debris can be flammable. And when your unit malfunctions, there's always a risk of sparks or high levels of heat generated from other components.
If the dust ignites, you have a fire on your hands.
By keeping the coils clean, you'll reduce your risk of fire, keep your unit running longer, and lower your energy bills month after month.
It's always best to leave routine maintenance to an experienced HVAC technician. This keeps your warranty valid and extends the life of your HVAC system.
During the coil cleaning appointment, the technician will inspect the coils for damage and corrosion.
Then, they'll carefully clean away the dust and dirt with cleaning products specifically designed for HVAC systems. Using general cleaners can damage the coils and make the problem worse.
Once finished, they'll inspect the rest of the unit for signs of wear and tear and make recommendations for any necessary repairs.
The sooner you take care of dirty coils, the better off your system will be. You'll keep your home and family safe and extend the life of your system.
Contact us today to schedule an HVAC coil cleaning appointment.