My mother asked me to figure out exactly what needs to be inspected on her AC before she calls in a HVAC pro to "tune it up" for the season.
She has owned this house for about 7 years. I'm not sure when the unit was installed.
There's a Payne HE furnace and Carrier AC unit out in the driveway.
I taped all around the evaporator coil access because it was leaking a lot of hot air on the send side.
We had the ducts cleaned, the blower cleaned, change the filter often.
I had found one of those porous green plastic fiber "reusable" filters in the furnace room from the previous owner. We use filtrete filters.
I also noticed the filter cage was about 1/2" too tall and long, I used some neoprene weather stripping to get it to fit properly.
Also, they never sealed the cage to the furnace. There was all kinds of dirty unconditioned air being sucked in AFTER the filter. I got that taped up:
Now looking at the evaporator coil access, I think the only way they got this on was when it was installed. It looks like they ran the refridgerant lines through the cover, connected them to the coil, then slapped the cover on and bent the lines up and to the right like this:
I'm assuming this needs to be cut to inspect the condition of the coil. Something like this?
So since this has never been serviced and the return was leaky I think it's going to be crazy dusty in there. I seem to remember the AC at my mother's house not working very well, run forever, slow to cool...
What should we do? Hire a pro to clean, inspect, replace coil? I guess he would try to clean it in place, check refridgerant level, etc... Is it possible to remove it to clean it or?