Several people have told me that when they have their central a/c units
serviced the technician sprays a liquid on to the fins of the outside a/c
compressor unit and then they wash it off with a hose.
What is this liquid and what should I be using, as I want to also do this?
Is it just a soapy solution?
Does it need to be brushed into the fins with a soft bristled brush?
Unless you've got greasy build up (and/or a lot of 'baked on' dirt) then
just flush the condenser from the inside out with a garden hose.
If you insist on using a cleaner I'd avoid any of the common hydrofluoric
acid-based coil cleaners. Here is a safer alternative:
I just bought a can of spray on foam for this purpose from Home Depot. It
was next to some other seasonal AC items, between the light bulbs and the
indoor garden stuff. I also bought a comb to straighten out the fins.
It is a two step process. You have to get then straightened a bit and
nothing to snag the comb by using duckbill pliers, Then you can use the
comb to align them. If you have one of those cheap plastic combs it takes
some time. Many years ago when I worked for a company that built
eating/cooling coils, they used a metal comb that was fairly deep.
When I asked the same question, I got this as an answer(s). Use a
lawn friendly product(don't want to kill grass). Use something that
'foams' to life out dirt in the tiny areas. Don't brush, unless it's
a fin comb. Use water to wash out soap and dirt.
Now I've not used advice, so I don't know of a lawn friendly, foaming
tom @ www.WorkAtHomePlans.com
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