Most HVAC work should be done by license contractors. However, there are several things that you can do on your own increase the efficiency and airflow of your air conditioning system. One of the most vulnerable parts of any AC system is the condenser hose. This is a vital junction between the condenser unit and your duct system. Basically, if your hose is broken, loose, kinked or blocked, you will have airflow issues. This article explains how to check and repair your condenser hose.
Where is the Condenser Hose?
The condenser hoses easy to find because it is located between the condensing unit and the exterior wall of your building. It usually rest right on the floor. Since it is exposed to elements it is vulnerable. Most often, it can get knocked loose at either end. This is especially comment if you tend to store things next to your condenser unit. Also, the hose could just get knocked off or moved around due to severe weather. In rare instances, it can even get destroyed by rodents.
Repairing Your Hose
If your hose does have holes in it, it is probably easiest to just replace it completely. Condenser hoses are affordable and easy to replace. If you are going to replace the hose, you should also use new hose clamps. If you try and use duck tape, it will probably still leak. Duck tape can be a good temporary solution, but it probably won't last in the long term.
If either end of your house has been knocked completely loose, your air conditioning Will not have been working at all. Also, you will need to clean out the hose and the fittings before reattaching it. Use a hose vacuum to suck out any dirt and leaves that could have gotten blown into the fitting. When you do reapply the hose clamp, you can reinforce the connection by wrapping duct tape around it.
In some cases, the only problem with your house will be that it is kinked. All you have to do is adjusted so it will not have the same problem. It is a good idea to actually have your air conditioning running while you're doing this, because the hose will move around when air is flowing through it. Also, be sure to check for air leaking along the entire length of hose.
If the air is flowing freely through your condenser hose, your unit will not have to use as much electricity. For more information, talk to a professional like Capital Heating & Cooling.