Make Your AC Unit Last Longer

Two Ways To Improve Your HVAC System

When your air conditioner stops producing cold air, it might be time to invest in a new unit. New AC units use much less electricity and they produce colder air. However, investing in a new, energy efficient AC unit might be over the budget of some homeowners. Luckily, there are a few ways to increase the efficiency of your AC system without buying a new unit. This article will explain a few basic ways you can increase your AC system's power on your own. Here are two things that could be hampering your AC.

Unkinking and Tightening Your Hoses

The output hose from your AC unit is vital. If it is kinked or loose, you could be losing vital air. Unkinking the hose is simple, but you might need to use some duct tape to hold in place. However, if the coupling where the hose enters the home is loose, you might need to fix it completely. Duct tape might do the job, but for a more permanent fix you should install a new hose clamp at the coupling. Make sure the clamps on both ends (where the hose meets the wall and the AC unit) are air tight. This simple fix will help with the airflow of your HVAC system.

Clean Your Condenser Coils

The condenser coils line all four exterior walls of the outside of the AC unit. They filter the air that is sucked into the unit and eventually converted into cold, conditioned air. If the coils are clogged, the AC will not be able to produce as much cold air. The air conditioner will compensate by using more energy. So your AC will be more expensive to run and it will not be producing as much cold air as it should.

The best way to clean the coils is to just spray them down with a hose. They are made out of thin aluminum, so do not spray them with too strong of a stream. It could bend the coils and make your AC less efficient. Be sure to unplug the unit before you spray it down.

These two simple problems could seriously decrease the efficiency of your AC unit. They are easy to check and repair on your own. In the matter of a few minutes you can increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. It is a great alternative to calling in an HVAC pro. If these don't work, or if you want more efficiency tips, contact a company like C & D Cooling & Heating Co.