Air Conditioner Coil Cleaning In the Phoenix Area

This is a coil with dirt but not excessive dirt.

This is a coil with dirt but not excessive dirt.

This is the same coil after cleaning.  It is restored to full funtion and efficency.  Like new.

This is the same coil after cleaning. It is restored to full funtion and efficency. Like new.

Sandy's Coil
If your AC system is this dirty you may need to replace the entire system.

Would you put your nose up to this? That is effectivly what you are doing if your are breathing air that was cooled by this AC system.

Many of our customers in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler have inquired about duct cleaning.  This leads us to a more important maintenance item which is coil cleaning.  Your air conditioning system has 2 coils.  The condenser coil is part of the outdoor AC unit and the evaporator (cooling coil) is part of the indoor equipment.  Both of these coils typically resemble a radiator on an automobile.


The cooling coil, I also sometimes call the indoor coil because it is the coil that cools the indoor air stream.  All of the air from your home passes through this coil repeatedly.  This coil is wet when it is active so it is a good place to foster microbial growth and mold propagation.  If you are concerned with indoor air quality, or IAQ then you need to understand how to prevent these problems.  If you are concerned with efficiency and longevity of your AC sytem then you need to understand how to prevent these problems.  The key is to keep it clean.

The first tip is to CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER FREQUENTLY.  The easy rule to remember is…when you pay your electric bill change your filter.  If you keep dirt from reaching the cooling coil you will have better indoor air quality.  Note, generally I do not like 1″ pleated filters because they are to restrictive to air flow which reduces capacity and efficiency of the AC system.  If you have questions about filters you can call our office.  480-706-3333

Second, have a profesional inspect and/or clean this coil periodically.  Dirt in the coil is the enemy.  It is not expensive to clean and it does not need to be done every year.  Again call Air and Water Factor at 480-706-3333 for information regarding cooling coil cleaning.

Third, have your drain lines cleaned out regularly.  The dirt that gets in your coil also ends up in your drain.  There are other things that grow with in the drain.  If the condensate drain clogs it will exaserbate any indoor air quality problems, and potentialy damage the home and system.

Please keep in mind that your condensate drain may be working today and may clog again tomorrow.  The older the system the faster this typically occurs.  You need to keep an eye on it and shut the system down imediatley at the first sign of water problems. 

I am attaching a few pictures of excessivly dirty cooling coils so you can see what you are breathing.  These coils need cleaning but because they have been neglected we cannot restore the full function of this coil. 

I also have attached a before and after.  This is a good example of proper maintenance.  There is some accumulation of dirt but this homeowner had us clean it before it became a problem.

We also have several varieties of Electronic Air Cleaners.  Please call the Air & Water Factor office for information regarding Electronic Air Cleaners.  480-706-3333

Tim Friederich

Project Estimator

Air and Water Factor Cooling & Heating






Ceiling Damage from Air Conditioning Condensate Leaks

During the monsoon season your air conditioning system “creates” a higher volume of condensation.  If your drain is clogged or partially clogged you may need to have the condensate drain line cleaned or blown out.  Many of our customers in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and Ahwatukee experience cieling damage from condensate leaks and clogs.  The best time to clean these drain lines (to prevent a flooded ceiling) is during the monsoon season.   Please call Air and Water Factor cooling, heating and plumbing at 480-706-3333 to schedule this service.

condensation drain

Written by Tim Friederich   

Please email me if you have any further questions



Comparing Popular Air Conditioning Units in Phoenix AZ

Air conditioning unitsContrary to popular belief, not all air conditioning units in Phoenix are built identically. In fact, many of today’s top selling brands often are built with completely different components and are designed to accomplish different ancillary objectives. Some are built to cool quickly, while others are built to conserve energy. The great thing about all AC units however, is that it’s possible for you to find a unit that fits your needs, budget and future use easier than ever before.

As such, here are a few of the popular manufacturers of Air Conditioning units sold in Arizona along with some of the individual consumer attributes they are popular to produce.

Three Popular Air Conditioning Unit Types in Phoenix


When people think of the name Trane® – they often associate this popular AC brand with quality. And with a record of building dependable air conditioning systems for nearly 100 years now, it’s no wonder why Trane AC units are regarded as the best overall units that money can buy. However, what is not commonly known is that many of today’s Trane air conditioning units are also built for maximum energy efficiency. [Read more...]

Haboobs In Phoenix Arizona | Do Not Underestimate The Dangers

Phoenix Haboobs are dangerousWith the summer monsoon season upon us, it is very likely that sometime in the next few days you’ll experience the infamous Phoenix Haboobs. As anybody that has lived in the Phoenix metro area for any length of time can testify to; these freak summer storms can cause a ton of dirt to pile up in any front or back yard. However, did you know that they also can be very dangerous as well?

For those that might be new to the Haboob’s we have here in Phoenix, here are a few important factors to consider about what you should do if you encounter a Phoenix Haboob.

Three Important Facts About Phoenix Haboobs

First – What is a Haboob?

Haboobs are that temper throwing young sibling in the dust storm family. Although they are relatively kind of small compared to tornados and other wind-related storms, they can erupt quickly and often cause a ton of potential damage. These dirt storms are very common in the Sudan and primarily here in the Southwestern Plains. They tend to be associated with thunderstorm activity, as hail or rain will quickly follow a haboob. As much as we’d like the rain to be significant to wash away all the dust and debris they can cause, the truth is that this usually doesn’t occur. [Read more...]

Air and Water Factor – Cooling, Heating and Plumbing | Top-Notch HVAC Company In Phoenix

Air and Water Factor Cooling & HeatingA fact of life is that when you live in a hot desert area like the Phoenix metro area, you’re probably going to find a ton of heating and air conditioner repair companies ready to service customers. And with over 3 million people living in the Phoenix metro area as of last census it’s more critical than ever to be able to depend on a quality-driven and experience HVAC service Company. This is precisely why Air and Water Factor – Cooling, Heating and Plumbing has been a leading provider of dependable HVAC service, repair and installation for many years.

Three Reasons Why Air and Water Factor – Cooling, Heating and Plumbing Stands For Dependable Service

First – It All Starts With Family

Air and Water Factor – Cooling, Heating and Plumbing has been in business for several years. And with combined 86-years of experience under their belt, they certainly have the real-world work ethic to complete all major or minor AC repairs in Phoenix. However, is for Air and Water Factor it all begins with family. Unlike many other HVAC providers, Air and Water Factor – Cooling, Heating and Plumbing is family owned and operated. This is a positive attribute due to the fact that they were all raised to treat every customer with respect and integrity. You often get this type of exceptional customer service when dealing with any family run business. And you can take it to the bank that you’ll receive nothing short of excellence when dealing with the family that operates Air and Water Factor Cooling & Heating. [Read more...]