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Identifying Air Conditioning Problems

Last summer, after carefully planning a family reunion for months, the worst thing in the world happened. My air conditioner died right in the middle of the night--when we had our entire family staying at our house. People were uncomfortable and grumpy because of the heat, and it was really embarrassing. Fortunately, we were able to get an HVAC contractor out to help us, and they did an awesome job fixing things fast. To prevent problems in the future, I decided that it would be smart to learn how to identify air conditioning problems. My website is all about finding the things that are wrong with your HVAC system and preventing issues.

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How To Service Your Condenser Unit Output Hose

In order to ensure that your air conditioning system is always running at maximum efficiency, you need to constantly do your part to maintain it. Not only do you have to have your AC unit intermittently serviced by HVAC professionals, you also need to do a little bit of maintenance on your own. There are a few simple DIY maintenance tasks that can definitely increase the efficiency of your system and also make sure that your air conditioner lasts longer. This article explains how to clean the condenser unit output hose.

Finding Problems with the Output Hose

First, you need to identify the output hose. This hose runs from the back of the condenser unit and into the wall of your house. From here, it feeds into the main duct system. This is a vital section to service, because it is exposed to the elements. The hose is also very thin so it can be flexible, which also means it is quite fragile. It can get bent, kinked, punctured, and even chewed through by rodents. However, the most common issue is that the hose gets knocked loose on one of the ends. Often, homeowners will accidentally knock the hose loose when they are cleaning the perimeter. This is why it is very important to try and keep the area around your air conditioning condenser unit free of clutter. 

If either end of the hose is not connected, your air conditioner will produce virtually no airflow. At the same time, small holes or kinks in the hose will also weaken airflow. If you noticed that your hose is loose, you might just need to invest in new hose clamps. However, if you notice defects in the actual hose, you should just buy a new hose, as well as new clamps. Luckily, both components are very affordable and easy to change out.

Changing the Hose

Most hose clamps can be loosened by just unscrewing the flat head bolt. To be thorough, you should completely remove the hose at both ends. Make sure there are no clogs in the hose, but also closely inspect the fittings. These are areas where dust, leaves, and dirt can build up and cause clogs. Clean these fittings out, before you reattach the new hose. Most hose clamps can be easily cut to size with a pair of normal scissors. Make sure you leave the hose a little longer, to prevent it from immediately getting knocked loose if it gets bumped.

The output hose is a very vulnerable part of your AC system. Since it is vital to the normal operation and airflow of the air conditioner, you should always make sure it is in good condition.