An air conditioner is a sensitive piece of machinery, but that does not mean that you need a degree in thermodynamics in order to handle some repairs. For example, if the insulation on your coolant lines wears out, you should be able to handle the repair on your own.
Why Is Insulation Necessary?
If your insulation wears out, your AC unit won't break down immediately, but you will lose efficiency. Not only will this drive up your AC costs, but it will also increase the wear on your unit, which can drive up your repair costs. The problem is that once liquid freon leaves your condenser coils, it needs to remain in a liquid state until it reaches your evaporator coils. The whole point of the insulation is to isolate the freon in your lines from the outside temperature so that it doesn't heat up and vaporize before it hits your evaporator coils.
Recognizing Damaged Insulation
If you wait until your insulation has degraded to the point that there is none left, then you will pay for higher utility costs and subject your machinery to more wear that is necessary. Instead, you should investigate your coolant lines from time to time. They should be completely covered with a tube of foam insulation. As soon as this insulation becomes pitted, starts tearing, or develops holes that expose your coolant lines, it is time to make repairs.
Replacing Your Insulation
To repair damaged insulation follow these steps:
1. Buy a new tube of insulation at a home improvement store.
2. With a utility knife, make a slit in what is left of your existing insulation.
3. Carefully peel back the insulation from this slit so that you can take it off in one piece as much as possible.
4. Scrape away any chunks of insulation that remains with your utility knife.
5. Your new tube of insulation should have a slit in it. Fit this slit around your coolant line until the line is completely enclosed by the insulation.
6. Close the new tube of insulation with a strip of HVAC tape.
As you can see, insulation for a coolant line is not hard to work with, but it does play a critical role in making sure that your system is running efficiently. Taking a proactive approach by making repairs while they are small will help you avoid larger costs down the road. If this repair doesn't solve your problem, contact a company like Cleveland Plumbing & Heating Inc for professional advice.