Why Your A/C Filters Get Dirtier Faster

dirty ac filter
Dust-clogged A/C filter restricts airflow

If you find yourself having to change your air filter more often than you think you need to; there may be a few things that are causing your air filter to become dirty quicker.

Lack of regularly scheduled air conditioning maintenance and the way you operate your cooling and heating system could be causing your air filters to become dirty faster than they should!

A/C Filter Maintenance

If you are not changing your A/C filters monthly, or when necessary, your cooling and heating system will work less efficiently and cost you money.

The frequency at which you will need to change your A/C filter will depend on a number of factors such as how often you use your system, do you have pets, are you remodeling and how many contaminants are entering your home.

Quality of Your Filters

If you are not choosing one a good quality A/C filter it will not last very long before it needs to be changed. Air filter quality is measured by a MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) – the higher the MERV ranking is, the more efficient your A/C system will operate.

Air Conditioning filters that have a lower MERV rating tend to be less expensive than filters with a higher MERV rating so they can be tempting to buy. While these filters may be less expensive, it is important to remember that they will last a shorter amount of time before needing to be changed, increasing your cost in the long run

Leaking A/C Ductwork

Another issue that affects how quickly your A/C filters are becoming dirty is when your system has leaking air ducts. When your system’s air ducts are leaking it causes dust and other airborne contaminants to be pulled into your unit from areas that are used less often and are generally dirtier than the rest of your home. Not only does this mean your system’s air filters will become clogged and dirty more quickly, but it also means your system will run less efficiently, use more energy and increase your costs.

Not Running Your Fan On “Auto”

Your system’s thermostat will provide you with two different fan settings to choose from – “on” and “auto”. When you choose to set your system’s fan to the “on” setting, your system’s fan will run continuously until you turn it off. When you choose to set your system’s fan to the “auto” setting, your system’s fan will turn on and off automatically as it cycles through each heating or cooling cycle. By setting your thermostat to “auto”, your system will be able to run and process the airborne contaminants coming into your unit more efficiently.



How Your HVAC Plays A Role In Lingering Odors In Your Home

The biggest reason for the lingering odors in your home is your HVAC system. As it runs continuously in the background every day and night, the air filter and air ducts pick up the substances that cause odor and disperse it throughout your home. Studies show that individuals living in a household cannot detect odors that have become a staple smell in their dwelling. For example, a family that frequently cooks with olive oil will not notice the smell of lingering olive oil in their home over time, but those who don’t visit their home often will pick up on it.  

How to minimize the lingering odors in your home

  • When cooking food, it’s important to have proper ventilation and use the aerator above the stove. If something begins to burn, open windows and doors to help with ventilation.  
  • Pets are a large source of many odors; ones they carry in from outside and smells they produce on their own. Keeping pets regularly bathed and brushed will help reduce the odors. 
  • Avoid mildew smells by maintaining a stable temperature in your home even when you’re not there. A big mistake people make is turning the AC off when they go to work or leave their home. This can create an ideal circumstance for mold and mildew.  These fungi not only have a very distinct potent odor, but they can also pose a serious health risk too. 
  • Keep your sink drains well maintained and clear of any food after all meals. Gunk can build up easily inside the sink drain and cause foul odors in the home.  
  • Every one to two months, deep clean your carpets with hot water and carpet-safe shampoo to remove any allergens or odors trapped in the carpet.  
  • Keep the trash bin empty overnight. Take any food waste or organic material such as diapers, food scraps, or coffee grounds out to the main bin outside. Keeping them in the home for any period will produce odors.  
  • Clean your ceiling fans.   Wipe your fan blades down with an antibacterial cloth or cleaning agent every month. As an added bonus, this will help to minimize the dust in your home as well.   
  • Regularly clean your ovens, toasters, and microwaves along with your stove tops. These common appliances can easily become dirty and hold on to odors.  
  • Ensure you are using the right HVAC filters and replacing them on time. Using a high-quality HVAC filter will not only eliminate up to 50% of lingering odors in the home, but will also improve the overall smell and quality of air in the home.  
  • It is also advisable to get your AC duct work cleaned twice a year and sanitized. Doing this eliminates the odors and bacteria trapped inside and helps to reduce dust and dirt circulated through your home.

To schedule your next routine maintenance appointment, contact the professional, certified technicians at EasyBreezy A/C today!



Why Air Conditioning Systems Are One Of The Best Inventions Ever

Today, our air conditioning systems are generally a benefit we take for granted unless it breaks down or isn’t working properly.    Before air conditioning was invented, people had to find creative ways to stay comfortable throughout the day.   When we think of the best inventions ever made, most of them were created within the 20th century.    From advancements in technology to modern medicine, it is difficult to think of inventions that can be considered among the best ever that were not made in the 20th century.      One of the few inventions that has stood the test of time is modern-day air conditioning systems.

 

Here is why we believe AC is one of the best inventions ever:

 

One of the most common ways to stay comfortable indoors without the air conditioning turned on is to open the windows.  But keeping windows open only provides a mild increase in comfort, especially when living in warmer and more humid climates such as Florida.   Additionally, having the ability to keep the windows closed because you have a functioning air conditioning system also provides health benefits.

 

The health benefits of keeping windows closed include:

 

  • Decreased risk of contracting blood borne illnesses such as Malaria and Zika that are contracted as a result of mosquito bites
  • Decreased exposure to air borne illnesses and other air borne allergens and toxins that lead to illness.
  • Increased comfort also results in increased happiness. Both the increased comfort and increased happiness also encourage more productivity as the body uses less energy to keep comfortable.
  • Improved ability to fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Science has proven that people sleep better in cooler temperatures. Getting a quality night of sleep also increases our overall happiness and productivity.

Being able to rely on our air conditioning units to keep us comfortable instead of having to keep a window open also improves the overall safety of our home as it is more difficult to gain ungranted access into the home.

You may have thought about the many advancements technology provides, such as computers, smart phones, and access to the internet, and you recognize the way your life would be impacted without it; you probably can’t imagine what life would be like without modern air conditioning.    Without air conditioning, most of us would be expelling substantial energy just to stay comfortable and healthy.    When we take into consideration the improvements air conditioning has on our everyday lives, it is undoubtedly among the best inventions ever.

 

Keep Your Air Conditioning Systems Running Efficiently

 

To keep your air conditioning system performing at its maximum efficiency, contact EasyBreezy AC today to schedule an annual maintenance check up with one of our certified HVAC specialists. We are proud of the work we do to keep our clients’ homes healthy and comfortable!



How Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Sleep Quality And Mood

We all know that spending time outdoors in the sun is generally good for our overall health and well-being. And luckily for us, living in Florida provides us with nearly limitless opportunities to spend time outdoors soaking up the sun in any number of activities. But you have also probably experienced the grumpiness that accompanies someone who has spent too much time outdoors on a hot day. As it turns out this shift in mood is no coincidence as temperature, especially heat, has a significant impact on our overall mood and the quality of sleep that we get. Here is what you should know about your home’s temperature and how it can affect your overall mood and sleep quality:

Temperature And Sleep Quality

In order to get good quality sleep each night our bodies need to be at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. Generally speaking, it is estimated that the best temperature for your thermostat to be set at for optimal sleep is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, the temperatures in Florida are usually much higher than this almost all year long. If your air conditioning system breaks down on a day that the temperature outside is above the optimal range for sleep, the temperature on the inside of your home will begin to rise quickly. If the temperature in your home is not within the range needed for optimal sleep, it could impact the quality of your sleep so much that you would actually need 2 more hours of sleep than usual to feel just as rested as any other night. This means it is important for your air conditioning unit to be working properly to keep your home cool and allow you to get a good night’s sleep every night.

Temperature And Mood

A combination of exposure to excessive heat and the resulting effects it has on getting a restful night’s sleep leads to a decrease in mood. The impact heat has on our mood is a natural effect of being uncomfortable and tired. Anytime we are uncomfortable or tired, we are naturally more sensitive, edgy, and grumpy. This shift in our mood in combination with being uncomfortable and tired can also lead us to make decisions we wouldn’t normally make such as acting out violently or consuming more alcohol than usual. If your home’s air conditioning system breaks down, especially on one of our warmer and more humid spring or summer days, you will surely notice the affects the heat has on yourself and your family within a very short period of time.

Don’t let your home’s temperature affect the quality of sleep you get each night or your overall mood. Contact EasyBreezy A/C today to schedule your next AC maintenance check-up, or to schedule any necessary repairs. We will make sure your air conditioning system is operating at its maximum efficiency to ensure a comfortable home for you and your family.



Tip Top Shape: Running Your A/C For Maximum Efficiency

One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly and efficiently is to keep up with the proper maintenance of your HVAC ducts and air filters.     There may be a few things that are causing your air filter to become dirty faster than expected, including how you are running and maintaining your HVAC system.

Filter Maintenance

Most HVAC systems suggest the filter should be changed from once a month to every two or three months in order to keep your system running efficiently.    This will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you use your system and how many contaminants you have in the home.

EasyBreezy AC professionals recommend you mark your air filter changes on a calendar in order to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule and ensure you don’t miss any needed changes.

Filter Quality

There are many options available when choosing which type of air filter to use.     Low quality filters tend to be less expensive, so they can be tempting to buy. However, if you are not choosing one of a good quality, it is not likely to last as long before needing to be changed.     

Air filter quality is measured by a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) – the higher the MERV ranking is, the more efficient it is likely to be.     While low-price filters may be less-expensive, it is important to remember that they will likely last a shorter amount of time before needing to be changed, adding up in cost in the long-run.

In most homes, air filters with a low MERV rating should be changed about every 30 days, so they are only a good option if you intend to keep up with the maintenance schedule.

Leaking Air Ducts

Another issue that could be affecting how quickly your air filters are becoming dirty is when your system has leaking air ducts.     Leaking air ducts cause dust and other airborne contaminants to be pulled into your unit from areas that are used less and are often dirtier than the rest of your home, such as the attic.     Not only does this mean your system’s air filters will become clogged and dirty more quickly, but it also means your system as a whole will run less efficiently and use up more energy.

If you suspect you have leaking air ducts or want to confirm they are intact and functioning efficiently, contact our EasyBreezy Air Duct Specialist to help.

Fan Setting

Your system’s thermostat will provide you with two different fan settings to choose from – “on” and “auto.”    When you choose to set your system’s fan to the “on” setting,  it will run continuously until you turn it off.    When you set it to the “auto” setting, the fan will turn on and off automatically as it cycles through each heating or cooling cycle.     By setting your thermostat to “auto,” your system will be able to run and process through the airborne contaminants coming into your unit more efficiently.

If you have any questions or need to schedule a regular maintenance check, contact our specialists today!

 At EasyBreezy AC, we are committed to helping you keep your HVAC system running at its maximum efficiency
all year long.



Is It Too Late To Have Maintenance Done On My AC Unit?

Is it tool late to have maintenance done on my ac?

Short answer is no.
Assuming you are not asking the question “is it too late to have maintenance done on my AC unit” only after your current air conditioning unit has completely stopped working and is beyond repair, then the answer to your question is no, it is never too late to have maintenance performed on your AC unit. And unless you have had your current air conditioning unit for more than 10 years and have never had any maintenance performed on it during its life, it is very unlikely that your system has completely stopped working and is beyond repair. This means everyone with an AC unit that is not completely beyond repair should still be having maintenance performed on their AC units on a regular basis.

When is the best time to get my yearly maintenance done?

In Florida, we recommend getting your routine maintenance done in Spring, before the weather gets too hot.

The importance of regular AC maintenance

We know there are many homeowners out there who don’t believe having regular maintenance performed on their AC is necessary. We understand that you may not think you need to call a professional if you don’t seem to be having any problems with your unit. However, missing regular maintenance on your AC and only calling the professionals when there is something clearly wrong with your AC unit, can harm your unit even further and cause more costly repairs down the line. This is because most problems that arise within an AC unit are not obvious when they first begin to develop, and the longer the issue is able to go without being detected, the worse the problem becomes. Without having regular routine maintenance performed on your AC unit, by the time a problem becomes obvious with your AC unit it has likely become serious enough to require additional repairs.

By scheduling routine maintenance checkups for your air conditioning unit, you can prevent many stressful problems from occurring down the road. We recommend routine AC maintenance checks once or twice a year. Having a routine maintenance checkup done on your AC unit can improve your unit’s energy efficiency, reduce the risk of serious complications occurring, and extend the life of your unit significantly. While there are dishonest AC “professionals” who will sell you any service you will buy, AC maintenance is not one of them. The key is to find trustworthy AC professionals who will perform an honest evaluation and routine maintenance when needed.

The best time to have AC maintenance done

So now you know how important it is to have regular routine maintenance checkups performed on your air conditioning unit, but when is the right time to have this maintenance done? In Florida, our hot summer months begin early on in Spring. So Spring is an ideal time to schedule routine maintenance if you have not already had it done. Your routine maintenance should always be done before you are going to need to rely more heavily on your home’s cooling system, and those days are just around the corner for us. But as we stated earlier in this article, any time is a good time for routine AC maintenance as long as your system has not completely broken down already. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting in the sticky heat of your home waiting for an AC professional to come out and repair your broken system.

If your air conditioning unit needs a maintenance checkup, contact the experienced technicians at EasyBreezy A/C today! Our technicians will help diagnose and correct any problems your AC may be having, help prevent any future problems, and get it running at its maximum efficiency.



Noises That Are Never Good To Hear Your Air Conditioner Making

It is only natural for us to recognize new things about old products, especially appliances, as we use them more frequently and as they age. Many times, these new recognitions are good – such as finding a setting or feature that we never realized the product had because we barely glimpsed through the manual when we first bought it. But sometimes these new recognitions are not as positive as finding a setting or feature that improves the efficiency and productivity of the appliance. Sometimes, as our appliances continue to age, they also continue to start making sounds we have never heard them make before – and unfortunately, new sounds are usually an indicator of new problems. If you have started to recognize your air conditioner making noises you haven’t heard it make in the past, then this post is for you!

Humming Sounds

Out of all the new noises your air conditioning unit can make that indicate a problem, humming is most likely the one that is best to hear. This is because a humming noise is usually an indicator of a small issue that you will probably be able to correct on your own. Hearing a humming noise come from your air conditioning unit is usually an indicator that the system is being affected by excessive dirt, dust, and debris. While this could lead to a more serious issue in the future if left unaddressed, the only thing you will probably need to do in order to correct this problem is to remove the top of the unit and gently wipe the interior of the unit down with a cleaning cloth.

Bubbling Sounds

Bubbling noises coming from your air conditioning unit are usually an indicator that there is a problem with your refrigerant levels. Many people incorrectly assume that their refrigerant levels need to regularly be re-filled or re-charged, however if you are experiencing an issue with your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels being too low it is more likely an indicator of an issue such as a leak somewhere in the unit. To correct this issue, you should contact an experienced air conditioning technician to come find and correct the leak in your system as soon as possible before the problem becomes any worse.

Buzzing or Clicking Sounds

One of the first indicators of an issue within the electrical system of your air conditioning unit are noises that sound like buzzing or clicking within the unit. A buzzing noise is usually an indicator that there is a loose or frayed wire somewhere within the system that is causing sparks of electricity. These sparks of electricity are the source of the buzzing noise. A clicking noise typically occurs continuously on-and-off and is usually an indicator that there is something preventing the control panel from effectively transmitting electrical signals. When the control panel is not able to effectively transmit an electrical signal, it will continue to try to send the signal until it is successful, which will cause internal switches within the unit to continuously turn on and off and result in a clicking noise continuously running. Any electrical issue with any appliance is a serious concern, but it may have an easy fix available if you contact a professional technician early enough to correct the problem before it causes serious damage.

Squeaking and Squealing Sounds

If your air conditioning unit is making a squeaking or squealing noise, it is most likely an indicator that there is an issue with the fan belt or the motor. An AC unit’s fan belt can be affected by expansion and contraction caused by varying levels in the temperature or levels of humidity throughout different seasons, but issues with a fan belt can usually be repaired by a professional technician. On the other hand, if there is a problem with your AC unit’s motor going bad, you will most likely need to replace the motor in order to correct the issue.

Whistling Sounds

If you hear whistling noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator of a problem with the efficiency of the airflow. There are a number of different things that can cause a problem with air flow to occur – ranging from something as simple as a clogged or dirty air filter that needs to be changed to something more serious like leaky ductwork or a broken blower. If cleaning or replacing your current air filter doesn’t stop the whistling noise from occurring, it is best to contact an experienced technician to help you diagnose the source of the noise and correct any underlying issues.

Banging Sounds

If you hear banging noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator that something has come loose and is banging around within the system. In the same way that a whistling noise can be caused by many different issues ranging from small to large, the same applies to banging noises within your AC unit. The source of the banging could be as simple as a small screw or bolt that needs to be tightened, or something more serious such as damage to the fan, compressor, or blower. A professional technician will be able to help you find the source of the banging and correct the issue.

If your current air conditioning unit is making any of these serious noises or some other sound you can’t identify, contact the experienced technicians at EasyBreezy A/C today! Our technicians will help diagnose and correct any problems with your AC unit and get it running at its best once again.



Why Do My AC Bills Keep Rising?

Ask anyone what keeps making your AC bills rise and you will likely get the same answer – something along the lines of “your HVAC system is not working as efficiently as it should be.” While this is certainly the quickest and most common answer, it doesn’t actually answer your true question “what is causing your AC system to run so inefficiently that it is causing your bills to keep rising?” The answer to that question isn’t quite as simple. There are many different things that could be going on within your HVAC unit to cause it to run inefficiently. If you suspect your AC system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced technician to inspect and diagnose any problems.

How do I know if my HVAC unit is running inefficiently?

Besides taking into consideration the rising costs of your AC bills, there are other signs which may be present that can alert you to an issue with the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. These signs include:

  • Warm air blowing out of the vents
  • Reduced airflow
  • Strange noises – particularly when starting your AC
  • Your AC is having difficulty keeping up with the job of properly cooling your home
  • Poor indoor air quality

These are just a few of the most common signs that something is going on deeper within your HVAC unit to cause your AC to run inefficiently. Some simple maintenance may be able to be done on your own, but if there is a problem with your unit that goes beyond routine maintenance it is probably time to call a professional.

What is causing my HVAC unit to run inefficiently?

Once you have determined one or multiple signs of AC inefficiency are present, you are likely going to wonder what is causing it. There are a few different things that could be causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently and raise your energy bills, but a few of the most common issues include:

  • A Refrigerant Leak – Too many people improperly assume that their AC’s refrigerant needs to be regularly refilled or recharged to keep it running efficiently. However, AC refrigerant is not intended to be refilled or recharged. If you are having to replace your AC’s refrigerant, this means only one thing – there must be a leak somewhere causing you to lose your refrigerant. And any leak in your HVAC unit will affect the overall performance of the cooling system. You will most likely be able to detect a refrigerant leak through the existence of ice on your system’s coils or reduced cooling power.
  • Overheating of Your HVAC Unit – If you are having a problem with a part of your HVAC unit overheating, your system’s fan motor is probably to blame. In this scenario, you will likely need to have the unit’s fan motor replaced. If you do not replace the fan motor, the heat it is putting off will likely seep through into the indoor air and thus produce even more heat for your unit to have to remove and cool, which will significantly decrease the overall efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • Damages to Your System’s Ductwork – There are a few different manners in which a damage to your HVAC unit’s ductwork can impact its overall efficiency. Which problem damaged ductwork will cause for you depends on what the damage is and where the damage is located. It is possible for damaged ductwork to cause your system to pull in hot air, which means your system has to work harder to cool the air that is put back out into your home, but it is also possible for damaged ductwork to cause your unit to blow cool air out into unoccupied spaces that don’t need it such as your attic or basement.
  • Problems With Insulation – It is possible your home never had proper insulation installed to begin with, but even if it did, insulation can also deteriorate as time goes on. Proper insulation helps our units keep warmer air indoors throughout Florida’s very short winters, but more importantly, it helps keep the warm air out of our homes during our long, scorching summers. If your home has poor insulation, it requires your HVAC unit to work harder in order to properly maintain a comfortable temperature within your home.
  • Outer Obstructions to Your HVAC Unit – It is important to keep your outdoor HVAC unit clean, clear, and free of clutter. As your AC system pulls the warm air out of your home, it needs to expel this warm air outdoors. But obstructions such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, mulch, and other debris can quickly clog your system and cause the warm air to become stuck inside the system, which can cause additional damage to your unit.

The harder your HVAC unit has to work to continue to do its job of maintaining a comfortable temperature within your home, the more inefficiently the system is going to run and the more expensive your cooling bills will become. As with many things, preventative care and routine maintenance is the best thing you can do to protect your air conditioning system from common issues that can lead to it running inefficiently.

If you have noticed a consistent spike in your energy costs, or if you would like to schedule preventative maintenance, contact the experienced professional technicians at EasyBreezy A/C Services today.



Your Heating And AC Unit Might Be Making Your Home Dusty

Your house is brimming with plenty of duties: washing dishes, doing laundry, vacuum cleaning, on top of the never-ending job of dusting. Although each of these projects tend to be inescapable, a few may seem as though they must be done constantly. When you are having difficulties managing your dusty house, it is possible your heating and cooling unit is making the issue worse.

The good news is, for virtually any heating and cooling issue which could result in extra dust, we have an easy and productive answer to the problem.

Create a trap for the dust

If you are inspecting your HVAC machine to find signs to what is causing such a dusty environment, your current air filter is the place to begin. Air filters need to be examined monthly at a minimum in addition to being changed or wiped clean if they’re too dusty. If your house is unusually dusty or you have shedding pets, it is a good idea to switch your air filter more regularly.

Most of the particles you find in the old filter is dust that has been removed from the air flow in your home. Any time your current air filter gets obstructed, your HVAC machine cannot effectevly remove dust out of the air, so a greater portion of it remains inside your home.

Not every filter is the same, and you will probably find air filters with a higher MERV rating to be more effective. Investing in these better-quality air filters comes with a compromise; they will probably have a longer lifespan and will also pick up smaller particles that many lower rated filters will not, but are pricier and can be slightly less energy efficient.

Any time you’re replacing your HVAC filter, you also need to look to confirm that it fits snugly with a firm seal around every side. Space between the filter and your unit or inadequately sized filters enable dirt and dust particles to pass easily through the unit and into your living space.

Fix all air leaks

Leaking ducts are extremely common and are a more difficult issue that leads to unnecessary dust. Tiny spaces may form in the ductwork as a result of old age, deterioration, low quality, or substandard installation, and are often found in especially dirty sections of the attic and basement. Such cracks allow airborne dirt and dust to move past your home’s air filter, straight out the vents, and into your home.

Check a number of your home’s air vents closely and if you find an accumulation of dust built up on the fins or near the air vents, you might have leaky ducts.

If the structure and design of the house and your air conditioning unit will allow it, you could safely check a large amount of the ductwork yourself. Shut off all lighting and use a flashlight to check the ducts. This will make it easier for you to watch the movement of dirt and dust floating around, which will direct you to the area of a leak. A lot of modest leaks are able to be appropriately patched using duct tape if they are within your reach.

To complete more difficult checkups or servicing, think about hiring a licensed heating and cooling specialist with the necessary expertise. They are able to spot and fix leaks in areas you cannot access, and these areas are usually among the dirtiest pieces of the HVAC unit.

Try not to run dry

People located in more humid environments often get a break from issues with more excessive dust in their homes, while people who live in drier locations encounter many more challenges with dust. Airborne debris is able to move without restraint over moisture less air, allowing it to make its way substantially further within an air conditioning unit. Any time the environment is more humid, dirt and other debris settle more quickly, leaving greater opportunities for it to get caught by the filters.

This isn’t just an issue in less damp environments, but also throughout the more arid season of winter. And of course, if your HVAC unit has leaking ductwork attracting the drier wintry air out of the attic, you are likely forming particularly welcoming conditions for dust within your home.

Aside from properly sealing the ducts, the most effective defense from really dry air is using a good humidifier within the home. For those living in extremely arid climates, it is worth looking into a whole-home humidifier, which sometimes also assist in preserving furniture, floors, and trim made of wood.

Dusting effectively

All of these tips could help you minimize the volume of dust inside your home, nevertheless they will not totally relieve you of your dusting duties. That being said, when you take on the task again, use this secret to help: change the thermostat’s fan setting into the “on” position. As long as the filter is clear, it is going to capture the majority of the dust that gets pulled up. Just be sure you return it to the “auto” position once you are done.

If you have exhausted all of our how-to tips, or simply feel you need or would prefer an experienced AC technician to do the job for you, contact the skilled professionals at EasyBreezy A/C Services today!



How To Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Condensate Drain

A common reason people tend to call technicians for air conditioning repair is problems with the external unit that is responsible for expelling air and condensing water. The condensate drain is a ½ to 1 inch pipe, usually made of plastic or PVC, that is located near the outdoor unit and expels water that is caused by condensation around the evaporator coil.

Cleaning out this pipe is an easy task you can DIY. Lack of maintenance can result in the growth of harmful fungi, algae, and bacteria. The fungal spores can get backed up and recirculated in the room and cause allergies and illnesses. Another important reason this pipe needs regular maintenance is that the mechanical sludge and residue that builds up over time can obstruct the condensed water, which could leak into your walls and your home causing long-term and expensive water damage.

If you have a problem with your air conditioner, your technician may check the condensate drain as a part of the standard procedure to diagnose the problem. However, it can be useful to learn to diagnose any blockage and keep up with regular maintenance yourself so you can avoid having to call for air conditioning repairs every time.

What You Will Need

Cleaning out your air conditioning drain pipe will not require any special equipment. Often, you can simply use the chemicals or equipment you have around your home. There are two primary types of residue you should clean out, namely, mechanical sludge, and harmful germs/organic residue.

  • Firstly, you will need a dry/wet vacuum cleaner to pull out mechanical sludge that might be physically clogging up the pipe.
  • The drain pipe is often made of extremely sturdy and durable material. You should be able to use most household chemicals like bleach or vinegar to kill any bacteria, fungi, or any biological growth in the pipe.

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How To Clean Your Air Conditioning Condensate Drain

  1. Turn off the AC at the breaker

    This should be a no-brainer, but make sure the AC is turned off completely from the main switch.

  2. Find the condensate drain

    This should be a PVC or plastic pipe outdoors, that may be attached to the outdoor unit or the wall of your home.

  3. Use the vacuum to pull any blockage out of the pipe

    We will remove the mechanical sludge. Place the vacuum over the end of the drain line and begin vacuuming out the pipe. You may need to use a rubber pipe attachment to create more suction. Hold the vacuum carefully in place until any blockage has been cleared.

  4. Fill drain line with germicide

    You will need to look for an access point in the drain line, either outdoors or from the drain pan below the evaporator coil inside the unit. You can use this port to pour in your germicidal chemicals.
    You can use bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or any antibacterial soap solution mixed with a bit of hot water to clean out the pipe. Since this is the exit pipe, you need not worry about these chemicals affecting the air conditioning.

  5. Flush drain line with water

    Let the chemicals sit for about 30 minutes and pour water through. Ask a friend to check if the water is running freely from the outdoor pipe.

This should resolve any issues you have. If not, you may have to call in a technician. But making this a part of your bi-yearly or yearly home maintenance routine will go a long way in preventing drain pipe related issues and keep your air conditioning system working as well as it should.



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