Haboobs are certainly a sight to see in the Phoenix-area. The wind during a haboob usually gets up to 30 mph as the dust rises high into the air over the Valley--sometimes for up to 3 hours!
However, the problems of the Haboobs (another name for large desert dust storms - for the uninitiated) don’t stop when they’re over. All that dust from the storm engulfs your air conditioner’s outside unit, called the condenser.
When the condenser coil gets dirty, a variety of annoying and costly problems happen. We’ll show you what those problems are so you’ll know why the coils need to be cleaned.
But first, let’s explain why your air conditioner's condenser coil is so important…
Your air conditioner uses three main mechanical components to cool your home:
The compressor’s job is to tightly pack your air conditioner’s refrigerant closer together, causing an increase in temperature. That hot, high-pressure refrigerant then flows into the condenser.
The condenser coil’s job is to release that heat outside, so that the refrigerant can cool off. Once cooled, the refrigerant flows back inside and through the evaporator coil where the warm air inside your home is blown over the, now cold, refrigerant to be cooled.
That cold air is then distributed back throughout your home through the supply vents.
OK, here’s the important part: Imagine if the condenser coil is caked in dirt and dust: it won’t be able to overcome the heat properly! The dirt basically becomes like the insulation you put in your attic--except this is insulation you don’t want.
Since the condenser coil can’t dissipate the dirt on the condenser coil, a few annoying and costly problems arise, like:
If you’ve experienced a dust storm at your home in Phoenix recently, then chances are, your air conditioner's condenser coils are dirty. To keep your energy bills low and stay comfortable in your home, we suggest contacting George Brazil to schedule a condenser coil cleaning.