Cost of AC Coil Cleaning in Greenville, SC
Waldrop provides AC coil cleaning in Greenville and throughout our service area in Upstate South Carolina. It is an important part of AC maintenance. While it comes at a cost, cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils removes contaminants that can interfere with heat transfer and reduce system efficiency.
According to HomeAdvisor, in the summer of 2022, having AC coils cleaned separately from a routine tune-up costs $100 to $400. By comparison, a tune-up with this and other services costs $75 to $100. The cost can also be broken down by the type of coil:
- Evaporator Coil: Absorbs heat and humidity from indoors, as part of the indoor unit. Cleaning it ranges from $100 to $400 according to HomeGuide.
- Condenser Coil: Releases heat that’s transferred to the outdoor unit, and expels it outside. Cleaning it costs from $75 to $230.
What Affects the AC Coil Cleaning Cost in Greenville?
The evaporator coil requires more effort to access than the condenser coil so costs more to clean. It is contained within the air handler near the furnace. If you only have an air conditioner, the coil is inside the ductwork. Sometimes the coil can be cleaned in place. But if it’s extremely dirty, the coil must be cleaned manually, which requires removing it (this can usually be avoided with regular cleaning and filter changes).
Removing and cleaning an AC coil can cost up to $700.
On the other hand, a condenser coil can usually be cleaned with chemicals and sprayed down with a garden hose. Exterior condenser coils can also be cleaned via acid washing (which costs between $300 and $3501). However, it is effective at clearing dirt, debris, and mineral deposits when the unit hasn’t been cleaned or maintained for some time. The process works quickly but can release harmful fumes, so you must hire a professional for this service.
Can I Clean AC Coils Myself?
It is possible to do so. You’ll need to turn off the power, open the access panel, and remove the filter. Compressed air can be used to remove larger debris and a coil cleaning solution used to loosen the remaining dirt. Spray the remaining debris with water to remove what is left.
Use a soft cloth to wipe away loose dirt and particles. The drip pan drain can be cleaned with a pipe cleaner or cotton bud and pouring bleach down the drain can prevent mold growth. Then vacuum around the panel frame and put in a new AC filter before closing the panel and restoring power to the unit.
But unless you know what to do and the system has been perfectly maintained, it’s best to hire an HVAC technician. They can quickly clean the system and know how to avoid damage. Also, a trained eye can spot minor issues to fix before costly repairs are needed.
What If I Don’t Clean My AC Coils?
The cost of AC coil cleaning in Greenville is worth it when you consider the alternatives. Neglecting to clean AC coils can result in these issues:
- The system runs longer yet struggles to reach the set temperature.
- Your electric bill spikes because the AC uses more energy.
- Increased run time and excess heat/pressure cause parts to wear out quickly.
- Corrosion on the coils can cause holes and cracks, leading to a refrigerant leak.
- The system can fail prematurely when the compressor succumbs to the strain.
Also, consider the cost of replacing a damaged AC condenser coil, which can range from $900 to $2,300. That’s substantially more than having it cleaned!
Call Waldrop Today
Contact Waldrop for AC maintenance service, which includes an AC coil cleaning in Greenville, SC. Our licensed contractors quickly and effectively clean AC coils and perform a complete tune-up (included with our Family Service Plan). Cleaning and inspecting the system allows us to spot any issues to fix so your AC system runs more efficiently and lasts longer. Schedule service online or by calling 864-536-0887.