Leaves, dirt, dust, basically anything that can waft in on the breeze – your air conditioner will be subjected to it. Usually outdoor air conditioning units are installed in pretty protected areas, meaning they won't see excessive exposure to a lot of debris. However, the cleanliness of an outdoor air conditioning unit is crucial to the health of your cooling system.
What many AC unit owners don't realize is part of yearly maintenance done on your air conditioner by a professional is just cleaning the unit. Our JR Perkins Heating & Cooling technicians ensure that during a maintenance check, they also go inside and apply lubrication and make sure everything seems to be working as designed, and go in and remove debris and clean the interior so that everything keeps working that way for another year.
Air conditioners are designed to be pretty adept at dealing with moisture such as rain exposure. It drains away and evaporates well, but debris on the interior will impede that ability. Furthermore, even if there aren't leaves, sticks, or large debris, dust and dirt must also be regularly cleaned away. It tends to stick onto the inner workings, which will inhibit the air conditioners ability to disperse heat. It makes the whole system work harder to cool your home and can shorten the lifespan of it. This is primarily why it is so important to have at least yearly maintenance. As an outdoor unit, the air conditioner is exposed to dirt and that needs to be cleaned away to keep it working.
While it might be tempting to keep your air conditioner cleaner by covering it, this should generally be avoided. Covering an air conditioner when it is used prevents it from getting the air intake that it needs. Covering an air conditioner outside of air conditioning season will prevent moisture from evaporating efficiently, making rust a likelihood. It is best to just make sure it is as clean as possible and leave the rest to your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling HVAC technician.
JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.