Often times when performing home inspections during the HOT summer months homeowners sometimes explain to Home Inspector Albuquerque that their evaporative cooler or AC units are not cooling their space effectively. The problem most of the time is simple lack of proper preventative maintenance to ensure the units are capable of doing their job effectively. Having a proper home inspection done by a certified professional home inspector such as Home Inspector Albuquerque will provide a homeowner knowledge of the current condition of their evaporative cooler as well as tips to care for and will allow for the evaporative cooler to run better.
For example take the evaporative cooler that has been neglected over a period of seasons. It has cooling pads that are caked with calcium, minerals, dirt and debris. The pads are so far gone beyond a serviceable condition that all that is happening is water waste and electrical power waste. The pads are supposed to be clear from debris, sediment and calcification to allow for water to run down the channels and air to pass through the water thus cooling the air that enters the dwelling. When the pads are blocked with all the aforementioned materials no air is allowed to pass through. Therefore the air conditioning is not taking place. A proper home inspection by Home Inspector Albuquerque will identify all the necessary details needed for a homeowner to better understand what the next steps to take are.
Other factors concerning a poor performance from a evaporative cooler maybe because of a frayed or cracked motor belt that is not spinning the blower fast enough to be an effective vehicle to move air through the soaked water pads. Sometimes during a home inspection I will discover that the water supply line to the evaporative cooler unit has a pin hole leak and is spraying water into the atmosphere instead of onto the cooler pads. I highly encourage inspecting for yourself or hiring Home Inspector Albuquerque to annually inspect the roof covering as a stand alone roof inspection and also the evaporative cooler to ensure that all systems are in good working order for the peak usage months.
Often I discover with AC refrigerated air units simple preventative maintenance issues that can also impede the unit’s performance. Most of the time I discover the air filter is clogged with lint, dirt, pet dander and other debris. The filter should be changed out every 3 months if it is a disposable one. If it is a washable filter then it should be taken out and washed in the same time frame of 3 months. A clogged filter can and will impede the operation of the AC unit. I have seen units that fail and cancel out operation and need to reset only after the filter issue has been properly resolved.
Lastly with AC refrigerated air units the copper cooling gas line that runs from the AC unit into the interior of the house needs to be properly insulated with a slit foam plumbers insulation sleeve. Properly insulating the cooling line allows for proper and effective use of the gas and the electrical energy used to complete the air conditioning process.
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