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By Joanna Brown
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Posted 8/1/23

If your outside air conditioner has bent fins, you can straighten them yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. Straightening bent fins will improve airflow to the unit, optimizing performance.

What Do I Do If My Outside Air Conditioner Has Bent Fins?

Straightening your outside air conditioner’s bent fins can be done in a few simple steps. If you are uncomfortable performing any of the steps below, contact your HVAC professional to do the job for you.

Why Are My Outside Air Conditioner’s Bent Fins a Problem?

The outside air conditioner’s fins serve the purpose of allowing heat to dissipate from the evaporator coil to the outdoors. When the fins are bent, more heat is trapped within the unit because it cannot escape as efficiently. This can lead to performance problems and difficulty controlling temperatures properly in the home.

When the outside air conditioner’s fins are straight, heat can easily escape the evaporator coil into the outdoor environment. Straight fins make the cooling process more efficient, and protects your air conditioner’s delicate components from damage.