Homeowners in hot climates are constantly looking for ways to be less reliant on the air conditioner. Electricity bills can skyrocket during the summer months. If you are looking for a way to reduce your bills and run a greener, more eco-friendly household, you might just need to make some simple repairs to your AC system. In fact, a simple cleaning is often all you need. This article explains a few basic cleaning jobs that could improve your AC's airflow.
Checking the Condenser Hose
First, you should check and repair your condenser hose if necessary. The hose runs from the back of the condenser unit to the wall of your home. This is a short hose that is usually less than 4' long. This short rubber hose can get kinked or knocked loose at either end. If the air is not flowing into your ducts because there is a problem with the hose, you will be losing a lot of money. You need to check the hose while the AC is running. You can hold your hand next to the hose as you feel for cold air leaking.
Cleaning the Furnace Filter
Many people don't know that the furnace is also a essential part of the AC system. And in most central HVAC systems, the furnace is most responsible for pumping air into your ducts. So, if your furnace is not working properly, your AC will not be effective because there will be reduced airflow. The furnace filter is one of the most important things to check. Filters are cheap and easy to replace.
On some units the filter is located on the outside of the furnace cabinet, so you don't even need to open it up. If this is the case, it will be located in a slot between the ducts and the cabinet sidewall. If your filter is inside the cabinet, it will still be very easy to replace. You just need to open the access door to your furnace. You should be able to immediately see it. Some people try to clean the filter, but it's probably easier and more effective to just replace it. The fuzzy ridges of a furnace filter are very sticky and dust does not come off of it easily, even with a powerful hose vacuum.
These two simple repairs could dramatically increase the air flow through your AC system and ultimately reduce your utility bills. For more information, contact local professionals like Crystal Coast Heating & Air LLC.