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. I highly recommend adding this to your AC system it takes just a few minutes to install.
When you purchased your HVAC system weather or not you got a 5 year warranty or 10 year extended warranty there is one thing your AC company often forgets to tell you…..your manufacturers warranty does not cover LIGHTNING STRIKES OR POWER SURGES! So yes that means your precious AC equipment that you paid thousands of dollars for could be damaged as a result of a power surge and you will NOT be covered. Please note that even if you have a surge protection device through your power company it only covers the appliances inside your home. The outdoor AC unit also know as the condenser where the heart of your air conditioner (the compressor) is located resides outside of your home therefore is not covered. Surge protection is a must have for all heating and cooling systems young or old.
Selecting Your Surge Protection Kit
HVAC and electric companies mine included charge anywhere from 250-500 to install a surge protector. The step by step tutorial you are about to watch shows me installing a surge protector in under 5 minutes. The only thing you will need is a flat head screw driver and a surge protection kit. The Surge Kit i recommend is the ICM Protection Kit because the cover up to $10,000 in damages.
Estimated Installation Time: 20 min.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Screwdriver, Surge Kit
Weather or not your AC system is old or new this applies to you! Your duct system serves as the respiratory system of your beautiful home. Depending on the size of your heating and cooling system (1.5-5 tons) that size will determine how many tons of air the machine needs to output as well as intake through the duct system. If your ducts are leaking air into your attic or sucking in hot air from your attic that could mean your air conditioner is in big trouble. Not only is this bad for your air conditioner its bad for the indoor air quality in the home because leaky duct work equals DUST ! On 50-60% of my service and maintenance calls I find that the home owners duct system is not mastic sealed and just taped. Over time the heat from the attic combined with the air pressure from your AC system causes the tape to peel and eventually your duct system will begin to tear and start leaking.
How Do I Know If My Duct Work Is Leaking?
Make sure the AC is on Check in your attic or under your home depending on where your duct system is located. First look to see if the duct system is mastic sealed. When you have leaks in your duct system you will often find that your attic is cooler then it should be.
Examples of Leaky Duct Work
Examples Of Properly Sealed Duct Work
When your duct system is properly sealed you will achieve maximum airflow throughout your home as well as maximum efficiency for your heating and cooling system.
Mastic Seal Your Ducts Yourself
Estimated Time Required: 45 min.
What You Will Need
Tape Around Every Joint And Connection In Your Duct System
Generously Apply Mastic Seal Over All Joints And Connections
When your AC repair man tells you that you have a Freon leak you can almost certainly say RIP to your air conditioner. A Freon leak in the HVAC world is comparable to terminal cancer you can keep spending money on Freon to keep your AC going but eventually your air conditioner will pass away. The Evaporator Coil is without a doubt the most common place to develop a Freon leak. Your Evaporator Coil is located in the indoor unit aka the air handler. The purpose of Your Evaporator Coil is to change your Freon from liquid to gas and then your blower fan will spread that cold temperature throughout the home. The cooling process creates condensation on the coils thus causing them to rust out and develop a Freon leak. Today I’m going to share a secret with you to stop or prevent this from happening to your AC or furnace.
What Your Coils Are Supposed To Look Like.
What Your Coils Are Not Supposed To Look Like.
How To Prevent Or Stop Evaporator Coil From Rusting Out
There is one method that is tried and true in the HVAC industry to Stop and Prevent your coils from rusting out and developing a Freon leak and that is Galvanizing Spray.
Galvanizing Spray is is an organic, single-component zinc coating with a minimum 92% (weight) zinc in the dry layer that cures on your Evaporator Coils and seals them without out doing any harm or damage to your AC system. The best part is It’s cheap and easy to apply.
Ever been told your Air Handler or Furnace has mold, mildew, or microbial growth inside? Your AC company probably told you that you would need to spend anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more on a UV light installation. Before scratching a check to your technician allow me to shed some light on what UV sterilization systems are and how they work. After some education I will kindly show you how to install one yourself for a fraction of the cost if an HVAC company will charge you. UV lights were first installed in fish tanks and ponds to kill algae and many years later were brought into hospital’s and school’s HVAC systems. In the past 8-10 years UV Sterilization Systems finally hit the residential market. Believe me when i tell you these UV Systems are not a gimmick they really do work and if you don’t already have one in your air conditioning system now is the time to start doing your research.
What Does It Do?
UV systems are installed inside the indoor unit to kill microbial growth such as mold and mildew as well as sanitize the air that passes through. Your heating and cooling system circulates the air in your home on average 100 times per day. The 3 causes of indoor air pollution are VOC’s, Particulate, and Bioaerosols. With indoor air pollution is not eradicated it can cause SHS. Sick Home Syndrome or SHS kills upwards of 1 million per year so it is very important for you and your family to breath clean air.
How Does It Work?
The low micro watt economical unit is effective at killing germs and controlling allergens on surfaces that are irradiated. UV Systems use germicidal UVC to kill harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The ultraviolet lamps reproduce natural germicidal rays that are not a chemical treatment but are deadly to micro-organisms that spread throughout your home. A properly installed UV System poses no threat to people, equipment, or indoor environment
Ordering UV System
UV systems are not sold at your local home improvement stores. In order to find the right UV system you must find the nearest HVAC part house that sells to the public or order online. Below I’ve listed Two different systems that I know work very well and are listed at a very competitive price point. Both UV systems come with a magnetic bracket to help easily install the lamp. The only difference between the two UV systems is the price and the bulb life span. The first system has a bulb life span of 1 year the latter has a lifespan of 2 years. ORDER NOW
Estimated Job Time: 1 Hour
Tools And Equipment Needed: Drill, Screwdriver, Wire Strippers, Wire Nuts.
Turn Off The Power- Turn breakers and/or disconnect box off!
Remove The Panels On Air Handler- Using a 5/16 or 1/4 nut driver depending on brand of unit take out between 4-10 screws to remove air handler panels.
Locate Main power Line- This will be easy find the 2-3 wires coming into the side of the air handler. One wire will be black, one red, or occasionally the red could be a white wire instead. There will always be a green(ground wire). The black and red wires will often be wired into bottom of the breaker inside the air handler.
Insert Wires- First, with a flat head screwdriver loosen red and black wires. Next insert the black and red wires from the UV kit in with their matching colors (red with red black with black). Then tighten screws and tug on wires to make sure they are all tight.
Grounding UV System- Find the green wire that is mounted by a brass or green screw. Then loosen the screw and insert green wire and tighten. Check to make sure to tug the wire to make sure it is tight.
Mounting UV Lamp- Attach lamp to magnetic bracket and find somewhere in the air handler to mount so that the UVC rays can reach the most surface area.
Put Air Handler Back Together- Screw panels on tight to avoid air leakage.
Restore Power- Turn power back on at the breaker panel and disconnect box and start reaping the benefits of hospital quality air !
*NOTE- UV lamps will need to be replaced after 1 or 2 years depending on which kit you purchased weather or not the lamp is still glowing.
Do not ever look at UV lamp without protective eye gear UVC rays will cause irreversible damage to you eyes.
Do you have that one room or bedroom in your home that just doesn’t seem to cool or heat? Or is your AC system just not able to keep up in the hot summer months? Perhaps you just want to add air conditioning to you patio, sun room, man cave, or workshop/garage?
I can show you two ways to remedy those issues without having to hire a contractor or spend thousands of dollars like your HVAC repair man has told you to.
Window AC Units
Window AC units often get a bad name because they run the electric bill up or they are ghetto or ugly. All that stuff is a thing of the past believe me. The new window units are far more efficient and have sleek and slim designs now and during operation are almost silent.
Don’t I need a professional to install it ?
No, Window units come with EZ install kits so you can install them in just about any window or opening.
GE has stood the test of time by manufacturing high quality and long lasting products. Time and time again i find myself servicing GE window AC or central AC units that are 25+ years old and still running. Frigidaire is also a brand that has been around forever that makes high quality products.
14,000 BTU, 11.8 CEER, 115 Volts
Electronic digital thermostat with remote
3 cooling / 3 fan speeds
ENERGY STAR(R) qualified
EZ Mount window kit with slide-out chassis
Cools 300 sq ft
Portable AC Units
Portable AC units are great for this obvious reason, THEY’RE PORTABLE ! So when you have extra company coming to your home and don’t want to strain your air conditioner and cause a breakdown these are for you. The AC company I work for loans these units to customers if we cant get their AC running right away due to parts not being available or during a new installation so they have a bit of relief during that process. These units stand on the floor and will freeze you out of any room up to 650 sq ft. All you will need to do is plug in and run the attached vent out a window or door.
Honeywell is a mainstay in the HVAC world in fact if you look at your thermostat it is probably a Honeywell thermostat. What i like about their portable AC units is the design. The design has a futuristic look goes great in modern homes. Honeywell also produces their unit in white if the black and silver model is too much for you . The two models i recommend are currently on sale 20% OFF
14,000 BTU portable air conditioner with 13,000 BTU built-in heat pump
No bucket No drain design cools areas up to 650 sq. ft. and dehumidifies up to 79.2 pints per day
Digital LED display, precise feater-touch controls and full-function remote control
3 speeds and automatic on/off timer from 1-24 hours
Have you ever wondered how the professionals get rid of home odors such as cigarette smells, pet odors, and mold smells ? Or do you just have really bad allergies and are looking for relief without breaking the bank? Your air conditioning system is like the lungs of your home and circulates all the air in your home on average of 100 times per day. Typically to have a company come in and fog your air vents and sanitize the duct system will cost you anywhere between $500-$1000 if not more depending on the size of your home or home many AC systems you have. What I’m about to share with you is how to clean and sanitize your entire air duct system yourself with no experience!
What Fogging Your Air Duct System Remedies
Cigarette or “Smoke Smell”
Mold or Mildew Smells
Damp Musty Smells
Indoor Air Pathogens
What You Will Need
Fogging Your Duct System
Estimated Job Time: 5-10 min.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Fogger Jr, Screwdriver, Odor Eliminator
Difficulty: Very Easy
Once you have your fogging machine filled with your odor eliminator turn your AC system on. Then go to where you insert your air filter in at and remove the filter. Turn fogging machine on and for every 500 square feet you have in your home fog for 30 seconds. leave your air conditioning system on for at least 20 minutes after you apply the odor eliminator. Repeat this process once per day until any odors cease to exist this is typically achieved in 2-3 applications.
Q: Is the odor eliminator harmful to breathe?
A: No, all odor eliminators are hazardous to breathe. However, do not ingest or come in contact with eyes or open wounds.
Q: Does this hurt any plants or animals?
Q: Can you use on carpet or furniture?
A: Yes most odor eliminators can be used on all carpet and most furniture.
Cleaning your outdoor coils also know as the condensing coils is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent a breakdown on your AC system. The condensing coils are the copper tubes and aluminum fins that surround your outdoor unit. The purpose of these coils is to transfer the heat from inside your home out. To maximize efficiency the coils need to be free and clear of dirt and debris. If you fail to keep the condensing coils clean and airflow is impeded your compressor will overheat and cause a breakdown. The best way to clean the coils is to remove the top of the unit and clean coils from the inside out.
What You Need
Estimated Job Time: 15-30 min.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Drill Or Nut Driver, Water Hose, Coil Cleaner
First Turn the power off at the disconnect box or breaker panel.
Remove screws from top of AC unit or fan.
Spray coils a generous amount and let stand for 3-5 minutes.
Rinse coils thoroughly from the inside out.
Replace top of unit or fan and fasten with screws.
Restore power at disconnect box or breaker panel.
For best results perform this cleaning bi-annually.
The most common service call i get throughout the year is a CLOGGED DRAIN LINE ! It does not matter if your air conditioner is old or new this can happen to you. If overlooked this can cause irreversible damage to your AC system and possibly to your beautiful home. Last year i had 309 services calls related to the drain line an average of almost 1 per day. This Problem is by far the easiest to fix as well as prevent.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Drain Cleaner or Vinegar
Difficulty: Very Easy
Locate the air handler or indoor unit and remove the PVC cap from the drain line. Using a funnel or Pyrex, pour instructed amount NU Line or 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. Repeat this Process every time you change your air filter.
Does your compressor make a hellacious noise upon start-up?
Do your lights dim every time your unit turns on ?
Adding a Hard Start Assist to your system can erase those problems and add at least 3-5 years to the lifespan of your compressor. That’s not even the best part, the best part is you can install it yourself for under $50.
What is a Hard Start Assist?
A Hard Start Assist stores energy inside it’s capacitor and when the unit turns on it uses that energy to aid the compressor upon start-up. After start-up the Hard Start Assist then uses the power from the unit to recharge itself so it’s ready to help again on the next heating or cooling cycle.
1-3 Ton Kit 3.5-5 Ton Kit
Estimated Job Time : 20-25 min.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Drill or Nut Driver, Hard Start Kit, Hardware
Turn Off The Power- At the main breaker and disconnect box.
Open Electrical Panel- On the outdoor unit remove the screws to the electrical panel.
Attach Both Wires To Capacitor- Attach both wires to the capacitor. One wire to the HERM and one to the C (common). It does not matter which wire goes to which.
Mount Hardware- Attach the Hard Start kit with the screw and zip ties included in kit and put the panel back on.
Restore Power- Turn power back on at the breaker panel and disconnect box.