Month: June 2009

How to Clean AC Evaporator Coils

Photo tutorial showing how to clean AC evaporator coils with no-rinse spray foam cleaner for routine seasonal maintenance. If you’re not comfortable cleaning the AC evaporator coils yourself at least you’ll what’s needed when calling a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) professional. Central Air Conditioner Routine Maintenance Routine inspection and maintenance is very important to catch problems early and save on your electric bill. I recommend hiring an HVAC technician to inspect and maintain the AC system twice a year; Spring and Fall are best before the summer or winter season begins and before you really need your...

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How to Clean AC Evaporator Coils – Part 2

How to Clean AC Evaporator Coils – evaporator coil inspection and cleaning with no-rinse spray foam coil cleaner. This project is continued from How to Clean AC Evaporator Coils – Part 1. AC Evaporator Coil Inspection The following is a photo of my central air conditioner evaporator coils before cleaning. The AC coils look very clean already because I service my system regularly. Of some concern is the rust on the ends of the frame. The unit is about 9 years old and rust is common in these areas. The greenish/whitish discoloration on the copper refrigerant lines is from...

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How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – Part 1

How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint by sawing out the bad pipe elbow and install a Fernco Qwik Ell flexible rubber fitting with band clamps. I noticed another water stain on the finished basement ceiling – this time it was a leak in the washing machine PVC drain line. Two leaks on different sides of the room in the same month! Go figure! How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint I was able to get access to the ceiling crawlspace by setting up a ladder in the closet. Access was awkward, but I was able to reach...

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How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – Part 2

How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – mark and saw out the leaking elbow fitting with the failed glue joint. This repair is continued from How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – Part 1. Mark the PVC Pipe Cuts The cardboard template made for the Fernco Qwik Ell is centered over the PVC elbow joint and the end positions for the cuts are marked with a blue marker (red...

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How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – Part 3

How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – after sawing out the bad section of PVC pipe, install the Fernco Qwik Ell flexible rubber elbow. This repair is continued from How to Repair a Leaky PVC Pipe Joint – Part 2. Install the New PVC Pipe Joint Now that the old leaky section of pipe is removed, I dried and cleaned the 45 degree street elbow on the “upstream” side as shown. I also deburred and cleaned the lower section of pipe that was cut with the handsaw. As you can see from this photo, the 45 degree...

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