Even if you have a new air conditioning system in your home, it is vital that you properly maintain it over the years to maintain maximum efficiency. If you failed to keep up certain components, it could become more expensive to run your AC. Luckily, there are a few simple and free maintenance jobs that you can do to ensure your AC is not being an energy hog. One of the best do-it-yourself maintenance jobs is to clean and seal the condenser hose.
What and Where is the Hose?
The condenser hose is vital because it runs from the back of the condenser unit into your home. It usually rests on the ground between the wall and the unit. This means that it is exposed to the elements and there are many things that can go wrong with it. Most often, it can get accidentally kicked or knocked loose. It could also get damaged by a rodent chewing through it. It may even get shifted around if snow or ice harden around it and then melt suddenly. Basically, there are many random things that could happen so you want to keep a close eye on this hose.
Inspecting the Hose
It is smart to check your hose on a regular basis. Make sure not only that it is tight on both ends, but also that there are no holes in it. The best way to check for holes to actually turn on your AC and then run your hand by the hose and feel for cold air.
Replacing the Hose
If there are holes in the actual hose, you can try to cover them with duct tape. However, it might be easier and more effective to just replace the hose completely. To ensure that you get the like-for-like replacement, it is a good idea to take your old hose into the store with you. You want to be certain that your hose is the right gauge and length. You can have it cut to length in the store. Also, pick up 2 new hose clamps for your new hose. Use screw-tighten clamps instead of spring clamps. They are more reliable and you can ensure a strong and tight fit. Also, make sure you clean the inside and outside of the fittings before you attach the hose. Any dirt within the pipes will obviously block airflow. There is a high possibility of this if your old hose had some holes in it.
Once your new hose is nice and tight, you will be receiving great airflow into your home.