Are Your Coils Clean??

By
Home Inspector with B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)
https://activerain.com/droplet/srR

Are Your Coils Clean??

Can your heating and cooling breath like it's supposed too?  It will if you change your filters regularly.  Do YOU?

When I'm doing a Frankfort, Kentucky Home Inspection, I can't always get to the coils to see them, but I can almost always get my camera into the blower fan compartment to see what conditions are inside the unit.  The blades should be fairly clean.  When I can see the coils they should also look clean, kind of like the fins on your car's radiator.

Obviously, someone wasn't changing their filters on this unit.

This system isn't breathing very well.  Though a little heat leaked through.

Georgetown Kentucky Home Inspector Dirty Blower Fan

Dirty blower fan

Georgetown Kentucky Home Inspector Dirty HVAC Coils

Coils mostly blocked with crud.

The blower fan blades are covered with crud, reducing the energy efficiency.  The coil is mostly blocked with crud, mud, pet hair and whatever other components make up this crud.

It's possible to restore the systems energy efficiency by having an HVAC technician remove the fan and coils, clean them, and replace them.  BUT, it's likely to cost $400.00 to $500.00 to have this done.

My usual diagnosis: 

The main blower fan blades are dirty which impedes the operating efficiency of the unit.  This has also usually allowed dust to come in contact with the wet air conditioning coils.  Wet plus dust equals mud on the coils equals coils being partially blocked.  I can't see the coils to verify this though.   I recommend that you have the heating and cooling unit serviced and cleaned (to include removal and cleaning of both the fan and the coils) by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor.

Changing your filters on a regular basis is much easier and less expensive from both repair cost and energy cost standpoints.

 

 

 

 

Posted by

=====================================================

 

Erby Crofutt
KY Lic# HI-2041
B4 U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing
Georgetown, KY
www.b4uclose.com
502-570-4054
859-797-3873
877-513-8235

 

B B 4 U Close Home Inspections serves Central, Northern & Eastern Kentucky real estate buyers & sellers

with Kentucky Licensed Home Inspections & Certified Kentucky Radon Testing
A
ppointments available 7 days a week -  7 AM to 9 PM. 
Phones answered during same period.
 

Call NOW for your B4 U Close Home Inspection appointment!!

Why should you hire Erby to inspect your home?  See what past clients have to say!!

Here's what a couple of B4 U Close clients say: (Clicki the line above to see others)

I think the current owners are a little angry about the thorough inspection you did. They didn't have one done and it cost them $18K.  I, my loan officer and my agent think a home inspection is well worth what I paid.

Nathan, Morehead, KY Inspection  (20101012B)

Thank You for the outstanding job you did on the inspection.  We bought and sold 9 houses and this was the only inspection that was ever done properly.  It was helpful and we will use it to do the repairs with a system, instead of the guess work we usually do.  Thanks again

Mike & Barbara, Stamping Ground, KY Inspection (20050603

See a B 4 U Close Home Inspection sample report by clicking the report picture below



close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Home Improvement
Location:
Kentucky Franklin County Frankfort
Groups:
Kentucky Professionals
Home Inspections
Home Inspectors across the country
Inspection & Real Estate Nightmares
Advice for Buyers
Tags:
hvac
filter
georgetown frankfort kentucky home inspections

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,549,703
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Oh...thought this was about getting plenty of fiber....lol. But on a more serious level, we need to keep our home clean, including filters, vents etc....just a safe thing to do, and better for our utility bills too, I would guess.

Feb 04, 2012 03:53 AM #1
Rainmaker
836,547
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Also do not forget to clean the coils on your refrigerator once a year. I usually do it when I am changing my air filters, 2X a yr.

Feb 04, 2012 04:31 AM #2
Rainmaker
207,765
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Well Karen, we do have to keep those coils cleaned too!  But this one was in the home. :)

Uh, twice a year David?  Might want to stick a camera in your unit and reconsider.  I've seen several that looked just like the ones above that were being 'economical" by using those six month filters.

 

Feb 04, 2012 10:07 AM #3
Rainmaker
192,518
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

Cleaning the furnace filters is one of the easiest, yet most overlooked (or more likely procrastinated) tasks. Great picture to illustrate what is floating around in the home if not cleaned. Also, great mention of the efficiency factor. :)

Feb 15, 2012 04:47 AM #4
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
207,765

Erby Crofutt

The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information