The most commonly encountered issue a refrigeration mechanic sees with self contained style cases is a plugged, dirty and restricted condensers. It is extremely important that these always remain clean and able to “breathe”. Overheating is one of the most common issues that leads to compressor and equipment failure.
Imagine this for a moment: You drive around all summer with the radiator in your car blocked. Chances are it is going to overheat and break down or even worse it can lead to engine/component failure. You are now left with a costly and unexpected repair bill. The same is true for your refrigeration equipment.
By keeping your condensers clean and unblocked you will help to extend the equipment life and greatly reduce the frequency of nuisance breakdowns. It is best that this gets done once every three months. It is simple to do and takes minimal time.
- First use a stiff bristle brush to loosen any debris or baked on particles. Use extreme caution to go up and down with the fins and not side to side. The fins are made of aluminum and if you fold them over you will ruin the condenser.
- Use a vacuum or compressed air now to blow the dust and debris through the condenser, again be cautious not to blow at an angle so you do not damage fins.
- Ha Ha got you! No step three! Easy wasn’t it?