If you want to reduce your electricity bill, making sure your HVAC system is a little more efficient is a good place to start. There are many parts and components in a normal central heating system are cheap and easy to repair. Most homeowners are looking for cost effective repairs that they can do on their own, even though they don't have any training or experience. This article explains one of the best DIY HVAC repairs. Cleaning your condenser hose is a simple, but vital maintenance task that many people have never done.
Finding and Diagnosing Problems with your Condenser Hose
First, you need to figure out exactly where your condenser hose is. This small hose connects your condenser to the duct system within your house. So, look for a hose on the backside of your condenser that runs into the walls of the building. Most condenser hoses are rubber, but they will often have a transitional piece that connects it to a metal hose. This can be a problem area because the step down connection can become loose and leak air.
The best way to properly check for leaking air is to have your air conditioner running while you hold your hand close to it, feeling for cold air. There are a lot of possible things that can happen to cause your hose to leak. Most often, one of the connections becomes loose or the hose clamp gets knocked off. Many people end up storing and stacking random things around the condenser unit. If anything knocks the hose loose, you could be wasting money. There is also a chance that a rodent could chew through your hose.
Replacing or Fixing the Hose
If there is a hole or cut in your hose that is leaking air, it is probably easier to just replace it completely. Condenser hoses are cheap and easy to replace, so you shouldn't waste your time trying to tape or patch a hole.
If you are going to just replace your hose, you should also replace the hose clamps. While the hose is removed from the connections, check both ends to make sure there are no blockages.
When you reattach your hose clamps, you can reinforce them by wrapping some duct tape around them. This should offer a little more protection, just in case your hose comes loose.
Most condenser hose replacements are very simple. If you have more questions, talk to an HVAC repair company like D & R Service Inc.