Answer: Your condenser fins!
Why? Well, these small aluminum slats or “fins” cover the outdoor system of your HVAC unit, and if enough of them are damaged or bent, your entire system is going to have a pretty hard time functioning efficiently. If a few are bent or damaged, it may not be an issue at all, but if too many are, you’ll start losing money on your energy bill.
In that case, how does it all work?
Put simply, the condenser fins help your unit “breathe” and regulate heat. They assist expediting and smoothing out the process by which your entire system expels heat, thereby allowing your HVAC to cool your home down. If they’re bent, however, they can’t push heat out of your system’s condenser; on the contrary, they’ll hold it in! Then, you’ll find yourself continually turning down the thermostat, losing money, and scratching your head when it starts to take longer to cool down than before and you don’t know why.
After all of this, you may be wondering what can cause bent or damaged fins. Here are some of the most common causes of fin damage:
- Storms that can throw branches or debris against your unit
- Yard work or landscaping
- Pressure washing
These fins, however, are small and thin enough that not many people think to stop and give them a good look. The goods news, though, is that it’s not catastrophic by any means, and it’s also a relatively simple problem to fix!
All you have to do is buy a condenser fin “comb” to straighten them out if they’re bent or, if they’re damaged, call a local professional you trust, like Bold City Heating and Air! We believe in treating every customer as if they were family and giving them the respect and dependable HVAC service they deserve. So call us today to schedule your inspection and experience the bold difference!