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How to Repair Your Condenser Hose

by Anthony Graves

HVAC services don't have to cost an arm and a leg. That is, if you do a few basic DIY jobs every year, you can make sure that you aren't always paying HVAC professionals to repair your system. Obviously, this doesn't mean that you won't need to occasionally rely on professional repairs, like those at Custom Heating &  Air Conditioning LLC, to fix serious problems. But if you do your best to invest your time in some frequent DIY maintenance, it will show when it comes to the efficiency of your system. This article explains how homeowners can improve their HVAC efficiency by replacing a broken condenser hose.

The Condenser Hose

The condenser hose is the hose that connects the back of your air conditioning unit to the walls of your home. It is called the condenser hose because it is specifically connected to the condensing system on the inside of the AC cabinet. This hose is outside of your house, and it usually lies on the ground or is suspended between the cabinet and the wall. Either way, it is pretty vulnerable. Because of this, there is a good chance that it can get damaged or even just removed from the fitting in one way or the other.

Homeowners need to take a close look at their condenser hose and make sure that is connected. You also need to look at it to make sure there are no holes in it. The most common problems are that the hose can get punctured when the cabinet is moved around, or a rodent could even chew through it. Problems are usually more common in climates that experience snow during the winter. Snow and ice buildup around your air conditioning cabinet can move the hose and cause it to become disconnected on either end. So you basically want to check your hose every year. It is best if you check it at the beginning of summer before you start to use your air conditioner every day.

You will need to turn on your air conditioner and feel to see if there is any air escaping near or on the hose or either fitting.

Replacing the Hose

It usually isn't worth your time or effort trying to tape or seal the holes. You will have better luck if you just replace the hose completely. Hoses only cost about about $15 to $40, and they can be replaced in a matter of minutes with just a handheld screwdriver.