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We’re sure that most folks to the north never give it a second thought till later on in the year, but down here in Texas, March means the blast furnace we call Summer is looming ahead.  In my case that meant I needed to get the AC fixed at the ole homestead. The Freon leaked out last year due to a faulty coil, and I’ve been without since September.

Luckily my local AC guy called it in and it was under warranty, but I’m still going to be a few hundred lighter after it’s all said and done. I was pretty surprised to see him show up bright and early this morning but remembered a phrase about gifts and equines and decided to call it a small favor from the home-repair gods.  We chatted for a bit and he clued me in that in this area there’s not much work in months when folks aren’t heavily using their central air systems — but from May to August he just gives up sleeping.

Though this had nothing to do with routine maintenance, it did remind me to check the filter in the attic. If there was a different president in office the last time you changed yours, it might be time.


5 Responses to Just A Quick AC Reminder

  1. Brice says:

    For a second I thought you’d stolen a picture of me. From the headlamp to the Dr Pepper, to the multi-meter, to the gauges. All my gear is identical. The tip off was the hat. I hate ball caps.

  2. Manny says:

    Wash your outdoor coil at least once annually (before summer). A strong detergent followed up with a garden hose rinse would suffice the DIYer, change your filter at least twice annually (3 times is ideal) and do not fart around with the T-stat too much. This will give you a piece of mind knowing you did all you can to prevent mishaps. The rest is up to god.

  3. Chris Byrne says:

    Don’t forget to have your air handler and heat exchanger cleaned, at least every three years; but preferably every year; or you could end up with this:

    That’s not a rug

  4. fritz gorbach says:


  5. fritz gorbach says:

    Be careful if you use any sort of detergent on an air condiioning coil, indoor or outdoor. Typically a liberal use of hose water will do the job just fine. A strong alkaline detergent however, will eventually destroy the finning around the ccopper tubes, especially if not rinsed properly. I have replaced coils due to this.
    Beyond keeping it clean, check the wires in your disconnect, and especially the compressor contactor to make sure everything is tight. The steadyvibration of that condensing unit does crazy things to wires. Oh, and shut the power off when youu do this.
    On the inside, make sure to use a good pleated filter, at least. Take those cut to fit filters, and the fiberglass strand filters and through them right in the garbage. I’ve seen systems incapacitated and even destroyed by the crap they let through.

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