Does Your Air Conditioner Look Like This on the Inside?
Here are the three air conditioner C’s to pay attention to:
- Clogged Condenser – Keep cottonwood and other debris away from your air conditioner outside unit.
- Clogged Drain Pipe or Pan – Keep these clear of debris and flowing properly.
- Clogged Air Filters – Keep air filters in your air conditioner changed often.
Clogged Air Conditioner Costs Comfort and Dollar
“A little bird sits in our cottonwood tree,
And perks his head to sing;
And this is the song he pipes to me
While he flirts his tail and wings:…”
Okay, so maybe the bird is cute. And the cottonwood tree is stately and offers shade. But those windblown bits of cotton it sheds each spring are a potential hazard and can cost you five figures in air conditioning repair or replacement.
One writer said about this spring flurry of cottonwood, “…the only good cottonwood is a dead cottonwood.” Then he referred to it as the “Terrorist” tree, due to the many air conditioners it is capable of killing!
From Mother Nature Network we learn that the fluffy stuff around the cottonwood seeds released in the spring, consist of seed hair fibers that help it to float through the air. Similar to cotton, these fibers can be gathered and woven into fabric. Which means, they can also float into your air conditioner and be woven into a solid mat. It’s a matter of time before your air conditioner is dead.
The Abel Performance Program at Work
If you are an Abel Performance Program member, this is the time (once the white blizzard of cottonwood subsides) to have us maintain your cooling system. If too much debris, cottonwood, etc., gets sucked into the interior of your outside unit, it will work much harder.
In addition to a maintenance program, you can wash away any further bits that gather, by spraying the unit with a garden hose. Start towards the top and work down, letting the force of the water drive the seeds down and out from under the condenser.
Location of your unit matters. Always keep the area around it free of weeds and dried grass.
The Second Air Conditioning Enemy and Villain
You’re A/C drain pipe or pan can become clogged. This will also greatly affect the performance of your air conditioner. It will overheat, create water damage and make the system quit completely.
But have no fear…you, your family and your pets won’t have to endure a hot humid Minnesota summer day, stuck inside with no A/C, if you take a few simple steps.
As with the clogged condenser, an Abel technician can do a maintenance checkup. He will make sure that your drain pipe and pan are clear of any debris and operating properly. If you believe your system is running poorly, or if your pipe, (similar to pictured leading from the A/C to a drain), has no moisture issuing from, even when its been running, this could be a signal something is blocked.
If this is the case, the pipe will need to be unclogged.
Check the drain pan (found with the main evaporator unit). If the pan has an accumulation of water, it is probably blocked somewhere from there to the bottom of the outside drain pipe.
What to do?
Call Abel and we’ll come out and get the system back in shape. Do you own a shop vac? Is the drain pain is easily accessible? You can vacuum out the water and debris yourself. If this opens up the drainage, then no further problem. If the water starts to gather again, don’t waste time, give us a call.
In fact, you can make checking the drain during the hot summer months a part of your household maintenance. But it’s not recommended that you place any additives into the pan to keep it clean. In the past, many added bleach. This causes a corrosive effect. Or vinegar, which does little to help, and adds a bad odor.
The Third Criminal…the Importance of Changing Your A/C Filters
This really does need repeating! Clogged, dirty filters block the normal airflow and reduce the systems efficiency. For example, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity.
There are many types of filters, and we recommend you use the highest efficiency suggested by your manufacturer.
Change them frequently! They filter dander, dust, allergens, and more. Without good filtration, these things can cause poor air quality and illness, higher bills or the demise of your air conditioner.
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