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Things that you can do to keep your A/C running smoothly


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Published: 05/13/2013 by Brian Beauvais

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Keep your filter clean – Good airflow across the Evaporator coil (the indoor portion of a “split System”) is essential. When your filter is too dirty to allow the air to flow across the coil, the coil is not able to absorb the heat from the air and in some cases will cause your evaporator to form ice on its surface. Sometimes this ice is visible all the way back to the outdoor unit. Not only does this make the system work harder but there are also other bad things that can happen. The compressor in you’re A/C was designed to “compress” refrigerant vapor only. When the air is prevented from flowing across the Evaporator coil, due to a dirty filter or coil, the refrigerant is not able to turn into a vapor and flows back to your compressor in he form of a liquid. This is not a good thing and can damage the compressor and cost you big money.

 

Drain Line – During the course of cooling the air, the evaporator will sweat; this water collects and flows down the drain line. Since this drain line is dark and wet, algae will form. If enough of this algae forms it will clog the drain and cause the water to overflow the evaporator drain pan and create quite a mess in the process. With some simple maintenance you can help things drain smoothly. Mix a 50% solution of bleach and water and pour this down the drain line every month. This will shock the algae and release it from the wall of the drain line allowing it to flow down the drain. If you own a wet-vac, you can locate the outlet of the drain line (usually near the outdoor unit) and suck out any algae that clogs or collects in this pipe.

 

Thermostat – Replacing your old thermostat with a new programmable one is easy to do and can save you money. Your thermostat is the “brain” of the A/C system. It monitors the temperature of your house and instructs the A/C when to turn on and off. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to turn the unit on and off or change the temperature settings at specific times of the day or night. You don’t need your A/C to run at 72 degrees when you’re sleeping or at work. Just a change of a few degrees can save some serious cash. program the thermostat to 80 degrees while at work and then to automatically drop to 75 a couple of hours before you get home and walk into a cool house without having to run the unit all day.

 

 

Keep your filter clean – Good airflow across the Evaporator coil (the indoor portion of a “split System”) is essential. When your filter is too dirty to allow the air to flow across the coil, the coil is not able to absorb the heat from the air and in some cases will cause your evaporator to form ice on its surface. Sometimes this ice is visible all the way back to the outdoor unit. Not only does this make the system work harder but there are also other bad things that can happen. The compressor in you’re A/C was designed to “compress” refrigerant vapor only. When the air is prevented from flowing across the Evaporator coil, due to a dirty filter or coil, the refrigerant is not able to turn into a vapor and flows back to your compressor in he form of a liquid. This is not a good thing and can damage the compressor and cost you big money.

 

Drain Line – During the course of cooling the air, the evaporator will sweat; this water collects and flows down the drain line. Since this drain line is dark and wet, algae will form. If enough of this algae forms it will clog the drain and cause the water to overflow the evaporator drain pan and create quite a mess in the process. With some simple maintenance you can help things drain smoothly. Mix a 50% solution of bleach and water and pour this down the drain line every month. This will shock the algae and release it from the wall of the drain line allowing it to flow down the drain. If you own a wet-vac, you can locate the outlet of the drain line (usually near the outdoor unit) and suck out any algae that clogs or collects in this pipe.

 

Thermostat – Replacing your old thermostat with a new programmable one is easy to do and can save you money. Your thermostat is the “brain” of the A/C system. It monitors the temperature of your house and instructs the A/C when to turn on and off. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to turn the unit on and off or change the temperature settings at specific times of the day or night. You don’t need your A/C to run at 72 degrees when you’re sleeping or at work. Just a change of a few degrees can save some serious cash. program the thermostat to 80 degrees while at work and then to automatically drop to 75 a couple of hours before you get home and walk into a cool house without having to run the unit all day.

 

Helping the outdoor unit breathe –One of the most important parts of you A/C system is the outdoor unit (condensing unit). The condensing unit is responsible for “releasing” the heat that got absorbed from the inside of your house, to the outdoors. It is also where your compressor lives. The number one reason for compressor failure is related to heat. Keep the area around the outside unit clear of trash, long grass or bushes. Never restrict the air from flowing into or out of this unit in any way. Once a month, turn off the power to this unit and rinse off the fins with a hose. Always spray the water in the direction of the fins and take care not to bend or damage them in any way