By Dan DeFosset
I just had my home air conditioning system replaced. It was 23 years old, it was beginning to leak Freon and was an energy hog. I could not get to the evaporator coil to clean it, but I was able to clean the condenser coils and I replaced filters religiously.
When I removed the evaporator coil, I was amazed that it appeared about two thirds blocked by crud, thus effectively reducing airflow thru the furnace and destroying any semblance of efficiency. There were no panels to allow access for cleaning.
I did some research and was heartened to see that many manufacturers are now adding removable panels so you can at least get to the outside of the coil. There is still a removable plate attached to the coil itself on units I checked, which is also encouraging, but there are copper pipes in the way so it makes removal of this plate, and thus cleaning the coil, still difficult.
In this age of high efficiencies, when will the monkeys offer access to the inside of the coil for easy cleaning by the average homeowner?