Hello blog readers! Apparently we have a posting trend going this summer, and it’s the proper use of air conditioning filters! I know, the excitement on this topic can be felt around the world…but at least it’s a distraction from current events.
And by the way, Carol wants everyone to know that she’s pretty sure the some of the bubbling floors at Blue Ridge are caused by the tenant mopping the wood floor with a very wet mop. Plus, Russell found a leak in the shower, which explains more of it. Aha. Still, the filters WERE a problem.
Hint: don’t wet mop wood floors, either. They make really nice products for cleaning laminate and hardwoods. We love that Bona stuff (not paid advertising).
Well, the tenants in our Meadow Arbor 1 rental property also appear to have had air conditioning issues. They sent us some pictures asking if the state of their unit was OK. I can sure see their concern, but it turns out that the weird duct and wires were from an older system, or something. We can deal with that later.
They said they could not get the system below 80 degrees, which is sort of warm, but better than the 100+ temperatures we have been having outdoors. In fact, most systems can only cool to about 20 degrees below the outside temperature. Still, we had an idea of what was going on and how to fix it.
Carol told them that at this time of year, units “freeze up” often. She asked them to turn the system off for a few hours and go shopping or something. On the shopping list, she asked them to include a new filter, the inexpensive thin kind. They could put that in once they turned the system back on.
Why the cheap filters? Well, it turns out that the fancy ones marketed to help with allergies and such do their helping by restricting the air flow. So, they do make the system work harder, and once they get clogged, they really make the system work hard (the problem we had at Bobcat). If you have an older system or can’t remember to change your filters often, the less fancy ones may actually be a better choice.
How Did It Turn Out?
Good news! The inexpensive fix seems to have worked, at least for now. Perhaps we’ll send someone over to look at the unit, though.Hermann says please like and share!