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Cooling and Ventilation Systems Category: Central Air Conditioners

Problem:

Central air conditioner coil fins are bent or otherwise prevent air flow.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the manufacturer's use of fasteners)

  • "Fin comb" tool

Solution:

 

If you accidentally bend the coil fins of your central air conditioner or otherwise misalign the fins in any way that may prevent or at least hinder the flow of air to the coils, there may be a way of salvaging the fins, short of having to replace them.

If your central air conditioner coil fins are bent or otherwise prevent air flow, do the following:

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power.

  1. Using a screwdriver or other fastening device that is appropriate, unscrew/unfasten the metal covering to get access to the air conditioner coils and fins.

  2. Follow the manufacturer instructions of the "fin comb" tool in attempting to comb back the fins to their originally set positions by the manufacturer so as to permit air flow to pass through the coils.  (This "fin comb" tool should be carried by appliance stores or at least whole sale distributors of air conditioners.)

  3. If the above does not work, you may have to purchase coil fin replacements for your particular air conditioner from the manufacturer, a home improvement store, appliance store or online.

  4. Put the filter back into place.

  5. Put into place and secure with any fasteners the air conditioner grille and any other metal casing you may have taken apart from the air conditioner.

  6. Reconnect the electrical power to the air conditioner.  It should work fine.

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