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Top Three HVAC Tips for DIYers to Save Money

TLDRLearn the top three easy and cost-effective HVAC tips that every DIYer should know to save money on repairs: cleaning condensing unit coils and air filters, unclogging condensate drain, and replacing start run capacitor.

Key insights

💡Cleaning condensing unit coils and air filters is essential for preventing freeze-ups and ensuring proper airflow in your HVAC system.

🚰Unclogging the condensate drain is important to prevent water buildup and potential damage to your HVAC system.

Replacing a faulty start run capacitor can solve common HVAC issues like the fan not running or the compressor buzzing.


How often should I clean the condensing unit coils?

It is recommended to clean the condensing unit coils at least once a year to prevent debris buildup.

How do I unclog the condensate drain?

You can blow into the drain pipe or use an air nozzle to clear any debris blocking the flow of water.

Can I replace the start run capacitor myself?

Yes, replacing a start run capacitor is a relatively simple task that you can do yourself with basic tools and a new capacitor.

What are the signs of a bad start run capacitor?

Some common signs of a bad start run capacitor include the fan not spinning, the compressor not running, or unusual buzzing sounds.

Where can I purchase a replacement capacitor?

You can find replacement capacitors on online marketplaces like Amazon or at local HVAC supply stores.

Timestamped Summary

00:00The Handyman for Hire YouTube channel specializes in HVAC tips for DIYers.

00:47The video focuses on the top three common issues with HVAC systems that DIYers can easily fix.

01:04Cleaning condensing unit coils and air filters is important to prevent freeze-ups and ensure proper airflow.

03:30Unclogging the condensate drain is crucial to avoid water buildup and potential system damage.

06:12Replacing a faulty start run capacitor can solve issues like the fan not spinning or unusual buzzing sounds.

09:29The video demonstrates how to replace a start run capacitor using a multimeter and basic tools.

11:46Different methods and tools can be used to replace the start run capacitor based on your HVAC system's configuration.

12:41The video concludes with a reminder to leave comments for specific HVAC topics viewers would like to see.