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Posted: 25 Apr 2018 09:48 PM PDT wrestlingaddictedmommy.com/2018/04/this-simple-checklist-will-save-you-a-lot-of-money-before-you-fire-up-your-ac/
Without the right preparation, your AC unit might break down when you need it the most. Before those outside temperatures start to rise, take the time to check that its working like it should.
Follow this easy DIY checklist to make your air conditioner work at its best. These maintenance tips are general repairs that can save you a lot of money. Heres everything you can do yourself to avoid calling the HVAC repairman.
Before you work on your HVAC unit, always disconnect the power to the unit or shut off the breaker for your safety.
Step 1: Air Filters
Lets begin with your air filter. First, the fan sucks air through the filter to clean it. The filtered air passes through the evaporator coil next, and the coil removes the heat from the hot air.
The air filter must remain clean to provide the right amount of airflow to your AC system. If the air filter is dirty and doesnt allow enough air through, then frost can build up on the coil. Reduced air flow also makes your fan work harder and use more electricity. If you can see light through your filter, then your filter is still good enough to use. If it looks damaged in any way, then you may need to replace it.
Step 2: Evaporator Coil
The AC units evaporator coil sits outside and looks like a car radiator. It has tiny fins that house copper tubing laid out in elongated s-shapes. Hot air passes through these tubes, and they pick up the heat from the air. By the time the air comes out into your house, it has become cool. To clean your evaporator, you need to buy coil cleaner from your local hardware store.
Sometimes you cant find a coil cleaner. Then you can try using a spray bottle filled with dishwashing liquid and water. Spray lots of the cleaner onto the coil to saturate it with the liquid. Watch it and wait for the buildup to separate from the coil. Then spray the coil again with another water bottle that only contains water to rinse it. The force of the spray should be strong enough to remove the dirt from the coil. Its best to put a strainer inside your sink to prevent the dirt and debris from clogging your drain.
Now check the pan underneath the evaporator coil for any cracks. Also check for cracks in the hoses leading to the drain. If the drain clogs, then you might have another issue. You need to clean it to stop algae from growing in there. A big clog here can create a flood in the house during humid months.
Step 3: Condensing Unit
The housing for the condensing unit is usually outside. Its important to clear every bit of debris away from the fan housing. Next, look inside to find the large fan blades and some tubes underneath. Open up the cover of the condensing unit so that you can inspect the fan. Sometimes animals may decide to crawl in there and bring in leaves and other debris. They may even try to build a nest in there. Remove whatever you find to keep the unit clear. Check that the fan blades look like they’re in proper working order.
There’s also a tube that exits the condensing unit. This tube contains the cooled refrigerant, and it requires insulation. The insulation prevents that line from dripping too much. When it drips too much, mold will grow here and can enter the home. Check that there are no tears in the insulation. If you have damaged insulation, then you can buy new insulation from hardware stores. Attach it by patching it up using duct tape.
Step 4: Main Unit Motor
Many AC units today have direct-drive systems. That means that the motor connects to gears that spin the fan. Other units may use belts instead. If yours has belts, then have a look at them to see if theyre in good or bad condition. Change the belts if theyve stretched out or cracked.
Only qualified air conditioning service technicians should examine any electrical parts of your AC unit.
Step 5: Testing the Unit
Now, go ahead and switch the breaker back to the closed position. Turn on your AC unit. Let your system run for about 15 minutes and set your thermometer on the lowest setting. If your air conditioner is working well, then you should have air coming out at 55° Fahrenheit. If the air still isn’t cold, then you have bigger problems with your AC unit.
You shouldnt see any frost on the coils or on the supply side line. There shouldnt be warm air coming out. Also beware of any clanking sounds that don’t sound natural or normal. Look outside at the unit to check that the condensing unit’s fan is spinning well. If you still have problems, then you may need to call the repairman.
Every part from a cracked belt to a dirty air filter can stop your AC unit from functioning well. The best thing you can do is to follow each of the five steps listed above. Most repairs are easy when you maintain your air conditioner well.
Then if nothing else works, you can call the AC repair professionals. Youll still save money by doing the initial cleaning so that they have more time to get straight to the problem for you.
Lots of people have fixed their AC units just by keeping them clean and well-maintained. Try it for yourself. Then you can get back to relaxing inside the comfort of your air-conditioned home.