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Can An Air Conditioner Be Power Washed?

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Keeping your outside AC compressor unit clean helps to avoid various issues that can impact how well your system cools and how much energy it uses. If the compressor or the condenser coils inside it get dirty, it can prevent the compressor from being able to release heat. In turn, this raises the pressure inside the refrigerant lines, which increases the strain on the compressor motor. This will usually lead to a shortened lifespan for the compressor and can burn out the compressor motor. While cleaning the AC compressor is essential, it should never be done with a power washer as this can cause major damage.

What Happens If You Power Wash Your AC

If you attempt to power wash your outdoor AC unit, you can create numerous problems and potentially ruin the unit altogether. That powerful spray of water will likely come into contact with the internal wiring and the fan or compressor motors. This can lead to numerous electrical issues or completely destroy the motor. Power washing can also blast holes in the refrigerant lines or the condenser coil, which will cause refrigerant to leak out and the system to stop cooling properly.

Why Annual AC Maintenance Is Important

The best way to ensure that your compressor remains clean is with annual AC maintenance. During the maintenance service, the AC technician won’t just inspect and calibrate the various components to ensure everything works correctly; they will also thoroughly clean the outdoor compressor and condenser coils, as well as the blower fan and evaporator coils inside the building. While cleaning all of the components isn’t difficult, it is still something you shouldn’t do on your own. If you do, you could easily damage the system and potentially face a costly repair bill.

At Loren’s Heating, our highly trained HVAC technicians specialize in AC maintenance. We can also service your heating system to ensure it works as it should all winter long. We maintain and repair heating and cooling equipment from any manufacturer, and we also specialize in HVAC installation. Our company has been proudly serving customers in the Salem area since 1973, and we have what it takes to keep your heating and cooling systems functioning efficiently and effectively. Give us a call today to learn more about the benefits of HVAC maintenance or to schedule an appointment.

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