Maintenance is just a part of anything that you own. When you take a look at your air conditioning unit it’s important to inspect visually all of the hoses associated with that unit. Your residential air conditioning unit should have covering and sheathing just like in the photograph below. Often brittle and weathered rubber insulation is a telltale sign that there could be potential problems in the future. Not always but sometimes as it is an indicator of the age of the unit. It is important that you inspect the hoses thoroughly making sure that there are no pin-holes that might be letting Freon Xscape. Freon for air conditioning units if it is R22 is extremely expensive and the price is volatile only in the sense that it keeps going up. Making sure that annual maintenance is either performing or inspected should end up saving you much more money in the future. I do not foresee a future that R22 freon for air conditioning units will go down. When you cannot control that part of the market it’s important that you control the things you can.
For my large industrial customers, I have help them gain control of costs by creating tree maintenance programs that catch problems before they become significant. Although you might not be an expert when it comes to understanding heating and air conditioning you can become an expert at identifying potential problems by becoming an investigator and problem solver. I would highly suggest when doing a visual inspection of these hoses that you also take the time to physically touch the hose so you can understand if it has elasticity left in it which would mean life. Or if it has become hardened and brittle. If it has become hard and brittle you again we’ll have another clue as to the age of it. I have seen plenty of hoses upon visual inspection that appear to be in good condition. However taking the next step and touching them told me that they were much older than they appear to be. I have found that some of these hoses are not necessarily sun-bleached and do not appear to be old. However they have been in areas that have been shaded by trees or overgrowth from the ground. If overgrowth from the ground has surrounded the hoses the new coming up from the grass and weeds around it can create a severe dry rot around the insulation. That’s not to mention what is going on below just what you can visually inspect. Is important to have a good understanding of what damage looks like,
Is important to have a good understanding of what damage looks like, verses just the life of the product being at the end of its age. One of the common things that happen with these hoses is they do become damaged over time from simple things like mowing and weed whacking in and or around them. If you have a lawn service it’s even more important to take the time to visually inspect these hoes is each year. If you don’t want to do it yourself or feel like it’s just one more chore that you’re not qualified to do, there are a number of companies that I’m sure you’re qualified in your local area that offer these annual clean-outs. It’s essential that you take the time to either visually inspect as well as touch the hose. These two simple things will ensure conductivity to your air conditioning unit is properly insulated. As well as a simple investigative tool to determine whether or not you might need to call a professional.