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A/C Coils

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by fsbrain03, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Jun 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    fsbrain03

    fsbrain03 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have had some Air Conditioning problems at the house for the last few days. After fixing a few things, it ha now been discovered that the coils are real dirty.

    Wanted to see if I could get some ideas on the best way to clean them? I was quoted $300 from one company, and surely it can't be too difficult.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Jun 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    Are they they the interior coils or are you trying to clean the exterior unit?
     
  3. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    I see you live in TX.................let me ask you this?.............do you have any friends who work maint on one of the hundreds of apt complexes in dallas/ft worth?
     
  4. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM
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    They are the internal coils, would have been nice to point out. I do not have any friends that do maintenance for an apartment, and yes, there are a ton of them.
     
  5. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    well when I lived in dallas I worked for a number of those companies and was required to get my a/c license.......is your unit in the ceiling or in a closet or the attic?
     
  6. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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    It's in a closet
     
  7. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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    Can you get to the coils pretty easily?
     
  8. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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    Yeah. I should be able to get to them. I can remove the access panel on the front of the unit, and get to them. To the top side of the coils. On the bottom where the filter is, is caked with hair and such.
     
  9. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    Well you can try a shop vac with a brush tip..............do use a hard tip.........very carefully vac the area with not to much pressure.......you dont want to damage anything........Now I dont know if you have a place in dallas called Grainger,but they sell coil cleaner in cans and you will also need a fin brush....................
     
  10. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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  11. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:14 PM
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    Yes, there is a grainger right down the road. I'll stop by on Friday to see of they can hook me up. Do I just spray the chemical onto the coils.fins, and let it dissolve the gunk?

    I guess use the brush to clean inside the fins with the chemical on? Then just shopvac the mess
     
  13. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    I have used Coil Cleaner, No Rinse, Aerosol, 18 Oz quite a bit and have been happy with it...........I use the vac to pick up dust and pet hair and generally clean up the unit
     
  14. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM
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    Read the directions on the can as well....................:D
     
  15. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    Awesome, and a lot cheaper tha $300. I'll give it a try when I get back in town Friday!

    Thanks again
     
  16. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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  17. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    no problem let me know how it goes.............................good luck.........:D
     
  18. Jun 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    Oh My, that is hilarious. I'll make sure and read the directinos on the can so this doesn't happen to me. I was curious is I ate the aerosol, but now it's all so clear.
     
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