There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
The condenser unit is a central part of the AC system in most homes. It is the large appliance that sits near the side of your home. Since it is located outdoors and exposed to the elements, there is a real risk that certain parts can get damaged. The connector hose is probably the most vulnerable part of the system. This article explains the importance of the hose and how to check it so you can make the appropriate repairs.
Where is the Hose?
The hose snakes out of the back of the condenser unit and leads into the wall. This rubber hose section often rests directly on the ground, so it can often get knocked loose or damaged. For instance, a rodent could chew a hole in the rubber. Or, if you store things near your condenser, something could knock either end loose. You should frequently have a look behind your condenser to make sure the hose is in good condition.
How to Fix A Hose
First, check the hose clamps on each end to make sure they are tight. Do this while the AC is running so you can feel for cold air flowing. Also check the middle of the hose in case there are small holes. If your hose is punctured, you should just replace it completely instead of trying to tape or patch it. You should also replace the hose clamps. Most hose clamps can be removed by just loosening a couple of screws.
It is a good idea to take your old hose to the store with you when you go to buy the new product. This way you can make sure that you get a hose that is the right length, width and gauge. Not all condenser hoses are universally sized.
Installing the New Hose
Installing your new hose is simple, but you should do some cleaning beforehand. Most importantly, you want to check and clear any clogs on the output fitting on the back of the condenser, as well as on the input duct on the side of the house. Clear this out and look inside with a flashlight to make sure there are no clogs deep inside. Attaching the new hose can be done with a handheld screwdriver. Make sure you tighten the hose clamp screws very securely.
This easy job won't take up too much time or cost you much money. For more information, contact a business such as Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air.