Why Your Evaporator Coil Needs To Be Updated
February 15th, 2018 by kcunningham
The evaporator coil, also known as the evaporator core, is an essential component of a cooling system. Situated inside or close by the air handler, it’s duty is to absorb heat with the help of a refrigerant. As the hot air meets with the coil, water vapor then condenses and is released outdoors, thus also minimizing humidity in the area.
Evaporator coils do not last forever, and time will come, especially when not maintained properly, when they need to be updated.
Effective Cooling System
Evaporator coils that are not able to function properly can result in your air conditioner unit being ineffective, or not working. Remember like every machine, an air conditioner’s parts all play important roles, with the evaporator core probably playing the most important one as it turns hot air in your residence into the much needed cold air during those days when it’s scorching hot.
Without it working properly you should expect the possibility of warm air being discharged by your units, thus ironically defeating the purpose of even having a cooling system.
There may also be an annoying situation, depending on the manner of how compromised the coil is, where the air conditioner repeatedly shuts down and back on again.
As homeowners, we know how much chemicals are used inside our households, and these chemicals may contain “volatile organic compounds” or VOC’s, which when paired together with moisture deteriorates the evaporator coil’s material, causing holes to appear. These then cause leakage of refrigerants.
Though minor exposures to refrigerants may only be mildly harmful, when deeply inhaled, this could cause poisoning which renders the person having problems in breathing, degrading organs, and in the worst case scenario, death.
Small children are especially at risk since refrigerants, due to their weight, tend to stay close to the ground, so living organisms closest to the floor are the ones you need to worry most about.
Save on Money
Replacing your coil, in most cases, is the much more practical choice rather than opting for a repair that only temporarily fix the problem.
Coils that are “fixed”, even when in reality are already beyond restoration usually end up breaking again, and possibly bringing further harm to other elements of your system, costing more in repairs.
Leakages are sometimes dealt with by closing up the holes, but eventually the refrigerant still finds a way out. Getting a new evaporator core may not be cheap but it will save you money in the long run. The best way to deal with this is to be prudent and look to the future rather than mainly focusing on a short-term relief with a fast-approaching expiry date.
Always be cautious and refer to reputable HVAC specialists when asking for advice on problems with your air conditioner or heating and cooling system. Know that educating yourself may be important but the recommendations of well-trained and experienced minds should be heavily taken into account when coming to a final decision. To get an experienced technician, call Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608 for your in-home consultation.