Does it feel like your AC system is not working as well as it used to? You can probably improve the functionality of your system in a matter of a couple of hours. There are several simple and affordable DIY projects that you can do without any tools or training. Some DIY projects can be done instantly, and you might immediately noticed that your system is running more efficiently. That is, for a minimal monetary time investment, you could actually end up reducing your utility bills. This article explains one of the best DIY jobs for improving the efficiency of your HVAC system.
The Importance of a Condenser Unit
One of the most important components in an AC system is the condenser unit. The condenser, to put it as simply as possible, is responsible for pulling hot air out of your house and allowing cold air to flow into it. It also cools down the fan as it works to circulate air into the unit. When the condenser is not working properly, the usual result is that the air pumping into your home is not as cold as it should be. You might have the same, powerful airflow, it's just that the air won't be as cold as you expect.
Cleaning Condenser Coils
Luckily, the coils are also very easy to clean. All you need is a hose and some basic cleaning liquid. Most all-purpose household cleaning sprays will work just fine. In fact, they might not even be necessary. You should first try to spray out your coils with the hose. If this doesn't wash away all of the dirt, then use some cleaning liquid. Let this soak into the dirt for a bit to break it down, then spray it out again with the house. You should avoid scrubbing or rubbing your coils. This can just bend them, creating a bigger problem than you originally had. If you already have a lot of bent coils, you should try to straighten them as well as possible. You can do this manually with a flat head screw driver, straightening them out row by row. Or, you can buy a simple condenser coil straightening comb that enables you to straighten multiple rows at once. These work well, but not if your coils are completely flattened.
With a clean and straight condenser coils, your system is bound to work better. Luckily, you can get started on this work immediately, and it won't cost you any money. Contact a company like Northwest Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for additional advice.