My Home Inspector Blog: Don't Get Caught In The Heat Without Air Conditioning!- Temecula Home Inspector

Don't Get Caught In The Heat Without Air Conditioning!- Temecula Home Inspector

Don't Get Caught In The Heat Without Air Conditioning!- Temecula Home Inspector


In the summer, temperatures here in the Temecula Valley of southern California can reach into the 100's. A well-tuned air conditioning (A/C) system will be more efficient and can save you money when it comes time to pay your summer energy bills. Here's how to make sure your system is ready for the heat:


1. Replace your air filter. Keep the system and the air you breathe clean. Dirty streaking by the air registers in your home means dirt and dust have been drawn into the system and may result in reduced efficiency and shortened life-span of the system. In this case, an HVAC contractor should be contacted to clean and service the system for you.




2. Ever wonder what that hose under your bathroom or laundry sink is? That's the primary condensate drain for your A/C system. When you operate the system, condensation forms in the evaporator (the component attached to your furnace). If your furnace is located in the attic and the condensate drain becomes clogged, water damage may occur.



For this reason, most A/C systems have both primary and backup drains installed. If the primary becomes clogged, the condensate will then drain through the backup line. The backup line will often terminate over a window or other noticeable location. If water drips from the backup line, or you see rust-colored stains below, this is an indication your primary line has become clogged. You should immediately contact an HVAC tech to remove the blockage.



3. Prune the shrubs around your A/C condensing unit. Proper air flow is essential for maximum efficiency!


4. Insulate the refrigerant line by the condensing unit. I often see this insulation in a deteriorated state while conducting home inspections. Dogs will chew on the insulation, or it may be deteriorated from the sun. Keep this line well-insulated for best efficiency. Also, if you see ice build-up on the refrigerant line or the condenser, blockage may have occurred. Contact an HVAC contractor for repairs.


5. Check the temperature differential between the return and supply registers in your home while the system is running. If it is functioning properly, you will see a temperature difference of 16- 20 degrees. If you don't have the proper equipment to test this, an HVAC tech or home inspector can evaluate it for you.


6. And finally... If you have a dog, don't let him urinate on the condensing unit!


This summer, don't get caught in the heat without air conditioning- your Temecula home inspector, Steve Stenros- First Choice Inspections, is only a phone call away!. Steve is a CREIA MCI inspector and has evaluated thousands of air conditioning systems over the years. First Choice Inspections clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection! Appointments are available by calling 888-335-3040.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsSteve Stenros • May 20 2011 02:22AM


These are good tips, Steve! I live in the Houston area where we have lots of heat and HUMIDITY for at least six months out of the year, so keeping the AC unit in tip-top shape is very important here.

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Rose: You're not kidding! I have been to Houston and it gets very humid! Thanks for your comment.

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 9 years ago