Maintenance Tips and Tricks

    

Maintaining your air conditioner is crucial. In order to increase the lifespan and maintain proper efficiency, follow my guidelines and implement these tips and tricks that I have learned in the field. You can be sure your heating and cooling system will return the favor by reducing breakdowns, keeping your electricity bill low,  and outliving the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Filtration 

Filtration is essential to keep your system running at peak performance. Dirty filters will kill your AC’s efficiency and eventually leave your evaporator coil impacted and cause your air conditioner to break down. The number of filters and their location will determine which type you choose.

Disposable Filters

 My advice would be to change the  filter once every 4 to 8 weeks during heating season, and every month during the months you use your air conditioner daily.

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Drain Cleaning 

One of the byproducts of your AC system is the moisture it removes from the air as it is cooling your home. This moisture increases depending on humidity and temperature. The more hot and humid the environment is, the harder your cooling system must work to remove it from the air, and the more water and minerals your air handler will need to evacuate from the system. This evacuation takes place through the drain line. Keeping your air handler’s drain line clean and clear can save you from a hefty repair bill. Continued clogs in your drain line can cause overflow of water, and damage to ceilings or floors. Left untreated, it may cause irreversible damage to your AC system itself.

This is one of the most common problems I encounter and the easiest to fix and prevent. Prevention is easily achieved by  pouring drain line cleaner as shown. If you have a wet/dry vac you can also  remove  blockages from the outdoor PVC pipe.

 

Drain line cleaner

First, locate the drain line and remove cap. If you are not sure where it is located,  you will find it originating from your Air Handler. You should be aware that this is the component of your system that is located indoors. The drain line will be found originating from the base of air handler. Pour entire bottle of drain line cleaner directly into the PVC pipe, but keep in mind for severe clogs it may take a few hours. Repeat 4 times per year  to keep drain line free of clogs.

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Leaf Guard

Every day your outdoor air conditioning unit is besieged with falling leaves and debris that enter your system. Once inside your unit, these particles impede drains, filter, cause rust, and become a breeding ground for insects. Being in the field as a heating and cooling specialist I can tell you, this can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and lead to a break down. The Leaf Guard comes in many sizes and comes with adjustable straps to fit any unit.

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13 Replies to “Maintenance Tips and Tricks”

  1. Hi Sir, just learned something new here (and I thought I knew it all, lol). I have never heard about is cleaning the outdoor PVC pipe.
    This is most interesting because we had a company called Esco (highly recommended) install a new furnace with central air about six years ago. We joined their Premium plan where they come out once a year and check the furnace and central air and do maintenance on them.
    Well they have never done or said anything about that drain pipe, I am for sure going to look into this. Regular maintenance is key to long lasting units.
    Thanks for this information, I will be checking here for more tips.
    Kim

    1. Hey Mr. Kim,
      Thank you very much for the comment!
      The AC drain line backing up is the most common problem i run into here in FL if not kept up with it can back up into the home and damage your flooring or ceiling depending on where the air handler is located. Great job on keeping up with the maintenance on your machine it will definitely increase the lifespan .

    1. Thanks for the kind words Merry!
      The site is still in its beginning stages but rest assured i am working relentlessly on bringing the vision i have for my site into fruition. Looking forward to spreading the knowledge i have to you kind folks. Thanks again check back soon !

  2. Great Site, Thank you very much for sharing it. It is very informative. I have bookmarked this site to come back for future reference. Your graphics are amazing very well put together site. Rob

  3. Hey there,
    I’m glad I stumbled on to you site my man, Ivery had similar issues also with my AC and I’m used to physically remove pipes to clean them up to prevent any clogging.

    I like the drain line cleaner, I wouldn’t have to do any more physical work.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    Joseph

    1. Whats up Joe,

      Thanks for the comment. Countless home owners i come across are doing the same thing if they are even aware of the drain line so your’re one step ahead. This site is still in its beginning stages so check back soon for more tips Mr. Joe.

    1. Thanks for the praise Mr.Kurtis ! If you wouldn’t mind putting in a word for me at The Home Depot that would be great LOL ! Please check back for more tips and tutorials.

  4. well, you are quite the handy man. Lots of things we should all be doing of we are a homeowner(such as myself) to keep the expensive equipment we use to keep our life comfortable up to its optimum condition. thank you for that.

    1. Your’re quite welcome Mr.Brent ! The HVAC system is the most expensive appliance in the home and can become an enormous burden if neglected.

  5. Your post is just awesome and well put together, You have a lot of information that I know that your readers will find most helpful. You have tons of information. I can see that you are and expert in your field, good job.

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