4 Year Old Trane ( Big Problems )

Trane Package Unit

( 4 years old )

Repair Bill 


Clogged Rooftop Drain………………………………….$179

Re-Insulate Air Handler……………………………….$132

Pull And Clean Blower………………………………….$365

New Evaporator Coil………………………………………$894

Water Damage Repair………………………………….?????

Total $1570


Don’t let this be you

You can avoid a similar repair bill by properly maintaining your AC system the right way. Fix It Yourself AC can easily provide you with the knowledge to so at no cost to you. Below I have provided simplified step by step videos and  tutorials to help prevent something like what happened above from happening to you. No Experience Needed ! DIY

Step 1 Clean Your Drain Line 

AC Drain Line 101

Step 2 Clean Your Coils 

How To Clean Outdoor AC Coils

Step 3 Galvanize Evaporator Coils

Preventing A Freon Leak

Step 4 Get Proper Filtration

Top 3 AC Filters

Step 5 Install UV Sterilization System

UV Sterilization Systems

 

Why Filtration And Air Purification Are So Important

Filtration and air purification is so important to your air conditioner, if neglected your AC system’s efficiency as well as the clean air in your home will be compromised. A brand new AC system can be ruined if not equipped with a clean filter and an air purification system or UV light.

The main reason proper filtration is so important to your air conditioner is to prevent debris from building up in your evaporator coil which will then cause your unit to struggle cooling or heating and eventually break down. In addition to filtering debris AC filters also prevent household dust, pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander viruses, and bacteria from polluting your air conditioner and more importantly your home.

The next thing that is a necessity is a UV sterilization system.  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.

What Poor Filtration And No UV System Will Do

 

Some home owners choose to skip regular maintenance on their AC system others combine lack of AC  maintenance with poor filtration and UV sterilization system. Mold and other forms of microbial growth thrive in dark and wet environments which means your indoor unit or air handler is where these microorganisms will set up camp and multiply. Below are some examples of customers who learned their lesson after I left them with hefty repair bills.

Impacted Evaporator Coil
3 Year Old Bryant AC

Impacted Blower Housing And Wheel
6 Year Old Carrier Package Unit 

Dog Hair Impacted Evaporator Coil
5 Year Old Bryant AC

Don’t let this happen to the most expensive appliance in your home. Knowledge Is Power !

Step 1: Choose The Right Filter ( Mandatory )

Top 3 AC Filters

Step 2: UV Sterilization System ( Mandatory )

UV Sterilization Systems

 

 

 

DIY Home AC Recharge

Want To Learn How To Charge Your Home AC System To Have It Blowing Ice Cold Like New Again?

Before we begin let me start off by saying your air conditioner should never be low on refrigerant.  Freon (R-22) and Puron (R-410a)  systems are sealed circuits so they should always have the same amount of refrigerant that they did when they were installed. The only reason you should ever find your AC low on refrigerant is if your air conditioner has developed a leak. Below we are going to simplify checking and charging your AC system all while leaving out  the AC mumbo jumbo you don’t care about.

3 Reasons Your AC Develops A Leak

Lack Of Maintenance Or Neglect

Manufacturer Defect

Age Of System

Signs Your AC Is Low On Freon Or Puron 

Not Blowing Cold Air

Long Run Time

Can Reach Set Temperature

AC Lines Freezing

Checking Freon Or Puron Simplified 

In order to check the refrigerant levels on your air conditioner you will need refrigerant gauges. If you do not own a pair or know someone that will lend you theirs I have a special link to contractor priced gauges here.

Once you have your gauges turn your air conditioner on cool mode and then attach the blue hose to the larger of the two copper pipes on the outdoor unit.

Read the label on your outdoor AC unit to determine what kind of refrigerant your system takes. Air conditioners installed 2009 and before are typically Freon (R-22) and those installed after are most likely Puron (R-410a).

If your air conditioner runs on R-22 the desired PSI is 75.

If your air conditioner runs on R-410a the desired PSI is 125.

If your system is more than 5 PSI below the desired number your AC desperately needs refrigerant. In order to handle refrigerant or purchase by law you are supposed to have an EPA license. For those  DIY home owners and handy folks R-22 and R-410a are available through Amazon. R-22 is being phased out by the EPA therefore the price of it is extremely high so I have provided a links for an  R-22 alternative 407c as well as the real stuff.

          

Charging Refrigerant 

With blue hose attached to the copper pipe attach the yellow hose to your refrigerant canister.

Open the valve on the refrigerant canister all the way. For R-22 and 407c do this right side up. For R-410a do this upside down as well as charge upside down.

turn the handle on your gauges  to allow refrigerant to charge in 10 second increments with a 1 minute pause in between to allow refrigerant to cycle through air conditioner.

For Ways To Prevent A Freon Leak 

Preventing A Freon Leak

Top 3 AC Filters

Changing you AC filter is the most important thing you as a home owner can do to improve the longevity of your air conditioner. Improving indoor air quality, protecting your coils from harmful dust and debris, and keeping your AC efficiency levels at  their peak are just a few reasons why changing your AC filter is a must especially during the summer months.

Dirty Filters Can Cause

Insufficient Airflow

Increased Electric Bill

Impacted Coils

Drain Clogs

System Failure

AC systems now run off of the R-410a refrigerant AKA Puron. These Puron systems require much more airflow than your previous R-22 or Freon systems therefore it is best to steer clear of the ultra-thick filters. Below I have listed my top 3 filters on the market based on my first hand experience in the field.

3. The Filtrete Electrostatic Healthy Living Filter 

This filter does a great job of eliminating dust, pet dander, pollen, viruses, and  other air pollutants from your home all while allowing maximum air flow for your air conditioning system. This Filter is a 3 month change. For A Special Deal On A 6 Pack  Click HERE

2. Filtrete Allergen Defense Odor Reduction Filter

This filter is similar to the Healthy Living so it is electrostatic but it also reduces odor in the home such as smoke, mold, and pet smells. This filter is also a 3 month change.  For A Special Deal On A 2 Pack Click HERE 

1. Six Stage Electrostatic Washable Permanent Home Air Filter

This heavy duty filter is the best on the market  right now because is allows more air flow then your typical disposable filter as well as maximum dust and particle capture. The best part is this filter is permanent so  you aren’t continually shelling out money for replacement filters. I recommend washing this filter with water only once per month. This filter is normally $99 but you can order yours for $36 HERE

 

 

DIY Spray Foam Instulation

Spray  foam insulation or (SFI)  is a spray-applied plastic that forms  a continuous insulation and air sealing barrier on walls, roofs, around corners, and all other surfaces. The liquids react very quickly when mixed, expanding on contact to create foam that insulates, seals gaps, and can form moisture and vapor barriers. Spray foam insulation resists heat transfer extremely well, and it offers a highly effective solution in reducing unwanted air infiltration through cracks, seams, and joints. In other words spray foam insulation can knock your electric bill down significantly!

Spray foam insulation can save up to 40% on your electric bill

Example:

Average Monthly
Heating And Cooling Expenses:
$
Use Spray Foam Insulation
And SAVE Up To:
1 month $57
1 year $682
5 years $3408
  •  100% Air Tight Seal Keeps Cold Air In And Hot Air Out And Vice Versa In The Winter
  •  No Moisture Absorption, And Therefore Prevents Mold And Mildew Entrance To The Home
  • 100% Air Tight Seal Prevents Bugs As Well As Allergens From Entering The Home

Where Can You Use Spray Foam Insulation

Attic Ceiling (Most Effective)

HVAC Duct Work

Garage walls

Crawl Spaces

Basement

Under Floors

DIY Spray Foam Insulation

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Job Difficulty: Medium

Estimated Job Time: Application Specific 

Tools And Materials Needed: Spray Foam Kit, Coveralls

 

           

DIY spray foam insulation, Spray foam insulation

 

 

3 Tips For Under $10 To Avoid A Breakdown

Summer is right around the corner and the last thing you want to have happen is an AC breakdown. So rather then a hefty repair bill go ahead and take care of a few key things to avoid a system failure.

Change Your Filter !

The run time on your AC system is going to increase dramatically in the upcoming months. Be sure to change your filter to ensure your AC’s air flow is not restricted.

Clean Your Drain Line !

With Summer just around the corner you can guarantee high humidity. Your AC system’s main purpose is to remove moisture aka humidity from the air. This moisture exits through the drain line make sure to put AC Drain Clean or Vinegar down your drain line

More Drain Line Tips

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Clean Your Coils !

Cleaning your condensing coils is a very important  routine maintenance that is often forgotten. If you AC coils are impacted or clogged that can impede airflow and cause a breakdown or worse…..compressor failure.  Acid washing and removing debris is critical in assuring maximum efficiency and performance from your air conditioner

Coil Cleaning Tutorial

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Is Your AC Working Too Hard?

Ever wonder if your AC system is the cause of your high energy bill? The Power companies collectively say that your central AC system accounts for  50-60 percent of your entire power bill. The Compressor which is located inside the outdoor unit is the main consumer of power.

How Hard Is My Compressor Running 

Finding out how hard your compressor is running is very simple. First you must locate the information panel on your outdoor unit. Look for the compressor RLA.

           

The RLA is the max Run Load Amps  your compressor can take before if fails and causes a breakdown. According to the AC manufacturers the ideal amp draw for your AC system is 30-40 percent of your units RLA. The Carrier AC system pictured above has an RLA of 21.8 meaning  ideally  it should be running between 6.54 – 8.72 amps. In order to test your equipment’s amp draw you will need an amp meter if you do not own one I have provided a link to purchase a very affordable but reliable amp meter below.

Checking Amp Draw

In order to check your amp draw your system must be running. First remove the electrical panel door on your AC system. Next find the wire going from your compressor to your capacitor this wire is typically blue.

Turn your meter on and attach clamp to compressor wire only to test amp draw.

RLA- 21.8

Ideal Amps- 6.45 to 8.72

Lets See !

This Carrier system is running at 8.19 amps which means its running at manufacturer specifications.

What To Do If Your Amps Are High ?

Check Out My Tutorials Below To Help Lower Amp Draw And Increase Your AC System’s Efficiency !

Clean Outdoor Coils 

Add A Hard Start Assist Kit

Change Capacitor 

Leaf Guard

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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.

GOOD
BAD

 

 

Leaf Guard
Leaf Guard

 

   

For best results i recommend checking out the HowTo on cleaning your AC condenser and then add the Leaf Guard after you clean the coils and debris out.

PremierAcCovers – Leaf Guard Summer Open Mesh Air Conditioner Cover – Keeps Out Leaves, Cottonwood and Debris – 28×28 -Black

Surge Protection

 

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

Difficulty: Easy

CLICK HERE TO PROTECT YOU AC SYSTEM

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ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DISCONNECT POWER AT THE BREAKER PANEL AS WELL.

ENJOY!

 

Questions Or Comments Welcome.

 

DIY Duct Work Sealing

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.

Difficulty: Easy

What You Will Need

          

  • Tape Around Every Joint And Connection In Your Duct System
  • Generously Apply Mastic Seal Over All Joints And Connections