Air Conditioner Coil Repair & Replacement in Raleigh, NC
Evaporator Coil & Condenser Coil Repair & Replacement Services
Your air conditioner works hard to keep you cool in the North Carolina heat! There are plenty of parts that work together to keep your air conditioner running properly, two of which are its evaporator coil and condenser coil. When these components are malfunctioning, your air conditioner won’t be able to keep your home cool the way it’s supposed to—in fact, it may not be able to run at all!
Our team at Air Experts can repair or replace your air conditioner’s evaporator coil or condenser coil in the Raleigh area. Call us at 919-480-2727 or contact us online to schedule your appointment now!
What Does an Evaporator Coil Do?
Evaporator and condenser coils handle different sides of the cooling process. Your unit’s evaporator coil is the part of the cooling system where the refrigerant absorbs heat. So, more or less, it’s where the cold air comes from!
You can find your evaporator coil inside the air handler, near your blower fan. As your air conditioner runs, the compressor (which houses both the evaporator coil and the condenser coil!) pulls refrigerant through the evaporator coil’s tubes. As the refrigerant flows, the blower fan pulls hot air from your home over the evaporator coil. The refrigerant then absorbs the heat from this air, warms up, and evaporates, leaving you with cool air!
How to Keep Your Evaporator Coil Functioning Properly
For your evaporator coil to do its job well, it needs to be kept clean! If your evaporator becomes coated with dirt or debris, it can create problems for your air conditioner, such as:
- Decreased heat absorption and cooling abilities
- Higher energy use (which means higher energy bills!)
- Frost and ice buildup in your compressor
- Higher pressures and temperatures in your pressure
Even a thin layer of dust on your evaporator coil will reduce its efficiency. It acts as an insulator, which retains heat in your coils and keeps the air away from them. This keeps your evaporator coil from absorbing as much heat as it can when it’s clean—which means your air conditioner has to run longer to cool your home to your desired temperature, using more energy!
The easiest way to avoid this problem is by scheduling annual air conditioner tune-ups. These regular preventative maintenance appointments help you ensure that your evaporator coil is always clean and that your air conditioner continues to run at peak performance! Contact Air Experts online to schedule a tune-up in your North Carolina home today.
What Does a Condenser Coil Do?
As important as your evaporator coil is, it wouldn’t be able to do its job without the help of your air conditioner’s condenser coil.
Your air conditioner’s condenser is located in your outdoor unit. As the refrigerant absorbs heat from your home’s air, it then travels outside through a copper tube to your outdoor unit, where it enters the compressor. The compressor pressurizes the refrigerant to turn it into a hot, high-pressure gas.
The gas then leaves the compressor, flowing into the condenser coils. This is where the refrigerant actually releases the heat it absorbed from your home!
How to Make Sure Your Condenser Coil Is Performing Correctly
When it comes to your outdoor condenser unit, a problem we often see is a buildup of debris from your yard in the fins, whether it’s grass clippings, twigs, pet hair, or fallen leaves. This debris makes it harder for the condenser to release heat properly, reducing your air conditioner’s energy efficiency and putting a strain on the condenser.
Check your condenser regularly and, if you should notice any debris, shut off your whole cooling system and clear the debris from the unit. Additionally, once the cooling season ends and heating season comes, be sure to cover your condenser unit to protect it from snow and other outdoor elements.
And of course, the best way to avoid condenser coil issues is by scheduling regular air conditioner tune-ups! Just like you take your car for regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly, you should do the same for your air conditioner. Call Air Experts at 919-480-2727 or contact us online to schedule an air conditioner tune-up in the Raleigh area today.
Signs That You Need Evaporator Coil or Condenser Coil Repair Service
Usually, both of these coils are durable components of your air conditioner and, so long as they’re maintained regularly by an HVAC professional, they should operate without problems for upwards of 10 years! However, evaporator coil and condenser coil issues are not uncommon for our Raleigh and Durham area clients. Our goal is always to resolve these issues as soon as possible, since these are such important parts of your air conditioner that are crucial for its functionality.
You may be in need of evaporator coil or condenser coil repair service if you notice:
- Warm air coming from your air vents
- Your air conditioning system is turning on and off without properly cooling your home
- Unusual sounds, like a banging or hissing noise
- Your indoor unit (evaporator coil) or outdoor unit (condenser coil) leaking
- Your air conditioning system isn’t turning on
If you notice any of these signs, or you’re still not sure whether you’re experiencing a condenser coil or evaporator coil issue, contact Air Experts online or give us a call at 919-480-2727. We’ll diagnose and repair the issue so you can get back to cooling your North Carolina home properly!
Should You Repair or Replace Your Malfunctioning Evaporator Coil or Condenser Coil?
Once we’ve determined that your condenser coil or evaporator coil is not working properly, the question we usually end up with is, should you replace or repair the broken coil? When you’re making this decision, there are several factors to consider, from how old your air conditioning system is to the efficiency of your unit.
If the evaporator coil or condenser coil is still relatively new, chances are they are covered by your warranty, so you may want to consider repairing the problem instead of replacing the part. We also suggest considering repair service if your air conditioner is still running efficiently enough to meet energy standards. Or if the problem isn’t a big one, and there aren’t any other problems with your air conditioner, a repair could be the right move for you.
However, you may be better off replacing your condenser coil or evaporator coil if the following factors are true:
- The repair cost is more than 30 percent of what the cost would be to replace the coil
- Your air conditioning system is more than 10 years old
- The system’s SEER rating is lower than 12
If you’re still struggling to determine whether you should repair or replace your broken condenser coil or evaporator coil, we can help. Contact our team at Air Experts at 919-480-2727 to help you decide which option would be the most affordable and practical choice!
Schedule Evaporator Coil or Condenser Coil Repair or Replacement in Your North Carolina Home Today
If you live in the Raleigh or Durham area and you’re in need of evaporator coil or condenser coil repair or replacement, Air Experts Heating & Cooling can help! We’ve been the Raleigh area’s go-to for all home heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs since 1986. For three decades, homeowners in and around the area have turned to our team because of the professional knowledge and continued reliability we’ve provided.
Our Super 7 Guarantees assure you that your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities. If you’re in need of air conditioner service in the Triangle area, give us a call at 919-480-2727 or contact us online to schedule your repair today!