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Old 07-16-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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Cleaning A/C condenser

Anybody here ever check and clean their rooftop A/C condenser coils? Seems like an annual back blow with an air nozzle wouldn't be a bad idea. One could check for wasp nests, etc. while your in there. How about it??
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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I usually spray mine with a can of coil cleaner available from HD or Lowes at least once a year and besides that just rince it out real good anytime I clean the roof. About every 2-3 years I like to replace the AC to roof seal and while the cover is off they get a good washing. In all the years I've owned campers this has seemed to work out pretty well.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:27 AM   #3
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To replace the seal do you remove the 4 long bolts (the ones that some folks have found to already be loose), lift the unit off the hole and put a new gasket on?
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:19 AM   #4
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Sounds like good maintanance. I have not yet checked that.
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That's correct. It's best to have a couple sets of hands when you tackle this. At least on my 98 Jayco, the power cord wasn't long enough to slide the unit completely out of the way. Once I took the 4 bolts out, I could roll the unit on it's side and while the extra set of hands held onto it, I would remove, clean and replace the gasket. Once your done with that, you can set the AC back on the new gasket and tighten everything back up.
It may be somewhat overkill to some, but was worth the peace of mind to me.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Wow, in the 11 seasons I've camped in my TT, I've never noticed any real build up of crap in the A/C condensor that would require cleaning (and, yes, I do periodically inspect). However, everybody's situation is different and for some folks, it may be a required periodic maintenance procedure, especially if you're operating the A/C in a dusty environment.

I have a heat pump (my third) for my heating system at home and I've never cleaned the condensor coils in the 35 years I've lived there. But, then again...

What I think is more important is protecting the condensor vanes as they can be easily damaged by tree limbs and hail. Some camping friends of ours suffered severe damage to their A/C condensor vanes when a hailstorm hit.

For anyone who has had damage occur to their condensor vanes, they do make a fin straightener tool (Robinair 18403 for example) but you have to know how many fins per inch you have on your condensor so you get the right one.

On many A/C units the condensor fins are completely exposed. My Coleman Mach III's were and I installed a Fin-Guard to protect them. Years later, when my A/C housing cracked, I replaced it with one from Maxx/Air that had a condensor grille already built in.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:57 AM   #7
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cleaning your ac whether on the RV or your home is really good for the life of your unit.Its my belief that I never have repaired/serviced a clean ac except the new one I am installing,its what i do to buy fuel to go rv'ing.
Never use any cleaning agent that has ammonia or chlorine in it as will corrode the fins.I use an alkaline based cleaner & a pump sprayer and there is also an acid based but it does burn if you get on you.Every condenser i work on gets at least a flush with a special nozzle ,real small opening,you can get at any hardware store.Dont use a pressure washer.
A dirty condenser makes the "head pressure "rise too high,you lose capacity and tha amp draw goes way up{high electric bill}.Its also the #1 cause of condenser fan motor failure.
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