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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

You Can Maintain An Efficient AC System! Here's A Simple DIY Guide

by Nicholas Jenkins

There is nothing more frustrating than a wasteful AC system. If you are experiencing reduced airflow and it is taking longer to cool down your home, there could be a number of things wrong with your AC system. Most commonly, the problem is located on the condenser unit. This is the large appliance that sits outside of your home, right next to the wall. You might refer to this as the "air conditioner" but it is, in fact, the condenser unit and it is a major part of the system. It is also the most vulnerable components since it located on the outside of the house. This article explains how to keep your condenser running as efficiently as possible.

Covering the Unit

The most important piece of condenser maintenance is preventative. That is, if you keep your condenser covered during the winter (when it is not in use on a daily basis), you will not need to spend as much time on the following maintenance projects. By covering your unit during the winter, you slow down the rusting of metal components (basically the entire unit) and prevent debris (dirt and leaves) from clogging ducts and hoses. Basically, if you cover your unit when it is not being used, it will last longer, be easier to maintain, and be more efficient.

Cleaning the Coils

Before you do any work on your condenser coils, you should turn of the power. Some condensers will have a designated power box mounted to the wall directly above the appliance. Turn the power off completely by hitting this breaker switch. If there is not a designated power box, there should be a switch at the main breaker unit.

The coils are the most important part of the condenser because they cool it down and aid in the heat transfer process. When coils get clogged with dirt, they become less efficient and will also reduce airflow. The coils are aluminum sheets with small ridges in between each one. The best way to get dirt out of these gaps is to just spray it down with a hose. A strong stream will flush most dirt out of the system. However, you might also want to spray some some or liquid degreaser onto the coils to help break down the dirt.

This simple maintenance is the best way to do your part to ensure that your AC is efficient. For more tips, contact an air conditioning repair company.