Relating to AC,

Use a quality filter to help capture dirt and airborne particles in your home or office. Make sure it’s the correct size. It must be a tight fit to ensure the dirt and airborne particles do not bypass the filter.

By passing dirt and airborne particles will typically get attached to your indoor coil and cause coil to loose efficiency. It can also cause unwanted service calls and damage equipment.

Buy a shop vacuum; make sure it’s suitable to vacuum water and air. Vacuum your drain line from time to time. To do so, attach vacuum hose to drain line outside using a wet rag which helps seal vacuum to PVC piping. Turn on vacuum, let run while you go inside and listen for a suction sound.  The suction will be heard at the air handler. After running for a few minutes, turn off vacuum. Then pour water into PVC piping either from inside at a clean out T, (you will have to remove the PVC cap that is usually not glued) or, if there is no clean out T inside, add water from outside though PVC pipe if drain line comes up out of the chase with refrigerant lines. When you’re done, make sure to put cap back on the clean out T. (if applicable). It must be there to promote proper drainage.

Make sure outdoor coil is clean and air is not being blocked from entering side of the unit. Outdoor units are condensing with hot summer air already and dirt or obstructions will cause units to run very inefficiently, and can cause major breakdowns.

Relating to pool heaters,

Keep pool water chemically balanced. Hire a good certified pool contractor to help with this. Even though the newer heat pumps have titanium heat exchanger, there is still slightly older one that do not have titanium heat exchangers. Gas heaters still use cupronickel heat exchangers, even the new ones. Low PH will erode these non-titanium heat exchangers, and even the titanium units typically have non-titanium springs inside as internal bypasses.

Salt water pool concerns are a little different. Do not over salt. Salt is good forever unless deluded by water (rain). Keep TDS in pool at 2800 to 3200 PPM. Over salting leads to erosion and is damaging to equipment as well.

Keep equipment areas clean of yard debris and bushes,

Keep evaporator coils on the heat pump clean. Pay close attention to the bottom of the evaporator coil. Heat pumps must drain or the steel inside the unit will rust. Drain holes are at the bottom below the coil, inspect and make sure they are open.

Keep digital controllers on all heaters out of direct sun. If not, bezels will crack and moisture or rain will get to electronic causing failures. If your heater faces south or west, use a shade controller somehow.

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