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How To Clean Your AC Output Hose

by Harvie Simms

With summer approaching, it is obviously important to make sure your air conditioner is in tip-top shape. New air conditioners are more energy efficient that most old models. However, this does not mean you should invest in a new air conditioner just because you have noticed reduced air flow. There are a few things you can do to make your AC more powerful and effective. Here is one quick ways to improve the overall function of your AC unit. This job is very simple and you can get it done with a handheld screwdriver.

Clean or Replace the Output Hose

All AC units have an output hose that leads from the outside of the unit and goes into the house. This simple aluminum hose has a fitting around the air conditioner and the input pipe on the house walls. Both ends are usually secured to the fittings with hose clamps, and often duct tape. First, run the AC and feel then hose near the fitting to see if there is any leaking air. Also see if there are any holes in the actual hose. If there is any leaking air, you might want to replace the hose clamp. The hose clamp is easy to remove with just a screwdriver.

Inspecting Your Hose

A new hose clamp is likely to create a tighter seal. It also gives you the chance to take the hose off and clean it out. It is normal to have a little bit of dirt and dust along the inside of the hose. However, large clumps could be a sign that your ducts or air conditioner need serious cleaning or repair. If this is the case, it might be best to call an HVAC specialist.

While the hose is removed from the fittings, inspect and clean them thoroughly. Use a flashlight to look into the pipes to make sure there are no blockages. Once again, serious clogging in these pipes could be a sign of clogged ducts or vents in other parts of your HVAC system.

When it comes time to reattach the hose (whether it is the same one or a new one) you will want to use new hose clamps and duct tape. Taping over the tightened clamps offers an extra level of protection and prevents the hose from popping off of the fitting.

At the very least, your new hose clamps will prevent leaked air. This will result in better airflow coming out of your vents. No more wasted money! For more information, contact companies like Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.