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How Dirt and Debris Affect Your Air Conditioner

When your air conditioner runs into trouble, it can be frustrating. What’s even more frustrating is finding out that the issue may have been prevented with proper maintenance. Sometimes, an air conditioning issue can result from something as preventable as a piece of debris or a layer of dust. It can be difficult for you to clean parts on your own, however, and you may damage your air conditioner if you don’t use the proper methods.

Thankfully, there are professionals available to help keep your air conditioner clean with regular air conditioning maintenance. The Raleigh Heating & Air team will thoroughly clean and inspect your unit when you call us for service in Raleigh, NC. Learn more about the trouble that results from too much dirt and debris here.

The Issue with Dust

The outdoor portion of your system helps to serve a couple of important purposes for your AC. For one, this is where the compressor is located, the powerhouse of the system, which pumps refrigerant by increasing the pressure. This is also where refrigerant gives off the heat that it absorbs from the air in your home. This heat removal is what allows your home to cool.

But due to their location outdoors, these parts are especially vulnerable to dirt and debris. If the outdoor coil gets too dirty, heat cannot effectively dissipate. If a piece of debris were to interfere with a motor, the system could not run. During a maintenance visit, a technician will clean and adjust the coils and look for any other issues that may affect the compressor.

The indoor portion of your AC is also susceptible to dirt and debris, which is why it’s important that every component of your air conditioner gets a full inspection before the cooling season begins or as early as possible. Many times, cooling systems just need a few adjustments in order to stay in top condition. Other times, you may find out that you need to schedule additional repairs.

Call on the friendly folks at Raleigh Heating & Air for our comprehensive air conditioning services in Raleigh, NC.

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