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Spring Ahead!

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Welcome Spring, the time of the year when the snow is finally starting to melt, the trees are starting to bud, the cold & darkness of winter is beginning to fade… wait! Who am I trying to kid? It’s probably about 82 degrees and sunny right now as it is most of the time here! That said, on the average we use the air conditioning systems in our home about 11 months of the year and as usual I am reminding you that it is time to give your air conditioner some love.

You get the oil changed in your car every 5,000 miles or so, you paint your house to protect it, you get a physical from your doctor every year, so other than changing the filter in your AC system I question why most of you folks ignore your air conditioning system. It is only the most important, most expensive system in your home so I guess ignoring it until it breaks makes a lot of sense! (I do hope you can feel the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence.)

Okay, so what do you need to do to have your air conditioning system maintained? You, as the home owner should be changing your filter on a regular basis as well a putting a little white vinegar down the drain line to help prevent condensate drain line stoppages. In that vein, please DO NOT use bleach in the drain line. Bleach over time will weaken the integrity of the PVC pipe making it very brittle. If someone bumps the drain line it can cause cracks or leaks. That is really as far as your part of the program goes in terms of air conditioning maintenance. The other steps are where we come in.

The pros are needed when it comes to making sure your air conditioner gives you the longest life and stays as efficient as possible. Useless trivia for the day is that 1/8” of dust on the blower wheel of your air handler reduces air flow as much as 20% and 1/20” of build up on the coils reduces efficiency up to 20%. So what are we going to do in terms of maintenance for your system you ask? Let’s take a look.

We are going to:

  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check for any aging parts, such as pitted contactors & swollen capacitors
  • Chemically clean and treat the drain line
  • Clean the indoor coil and blower wheel
  • Wash the outdoor coil for the best heat exchange
  • Check amp draws to make sure they are within limits
  • Suggest any preventative repairs that can prevent the dreaded AC not cooling situation
  • Confirm all warranties on the equipment
  • Inspect duct work for signs of aging and leaks
  • Install new filter (owner supplied)

 All these things will help to keep the provider of the beloved cool air in tip-top shape, help avoid unexpected repairs and keep the unit as efficient as possible. I don’t know about you but is there anything worse than after a long days work to find that it is as hot inside your home as it is out? Now you’re scrambling to get a repair person to the home and the even better news is everyone you call says that they can come tomorrow or the next day. Do yourself a favor and take care of the things that take care of you.

Alright gang I am out of here till next time. In conclusion, I’ll take the “weird thoughts I have as I’m falling asleep” category for $1,000 please Alex.  If one parent is from Iceland and the other from Cuba, would their offspring be considered Ice Cubes?

House Whisperer out!!


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