Air conditioning systems have a lot of sensitive components and parts that need to be regularly serviced. Even if you don’t use your AC much during the summer months it can end up with serious maintenance issues. You should always seek the advice and guidance of trusted professionals when dealing with air conditioning services.
A quick routine maintenance inspection can save you the hassle of repairs and replacements. Call Reliability Home to speak with our HVAC experts if you find your home suffering from any of these troublesome side-effects of improperly working air conditioning.
Duct leaksAir conditioning ducts are specially insulated to make sure the air that’s circulated in your home doesn’t get heated from outside sources. When you have a rip or hole in your ducting it can cause your system to run much harder than it normally would.
It can introduce warm air into the already cooled return air causing your unit to work that much harder. A bad leak can cause some rooms to receive little to no cooling at all.
If vents closer to the unit stay cool while others barely seem to do anything at all, then you might have a leak in your ducts.
The smallest punctures can make a difference in the performance of any AC system. Professional service companies typically use special temperature monitoring tools to pinpoint leaks in your walls and under crawl spaces.
Clogged Evaporator CoilsIf you or anyone you know has ever experienced ice buildup on your coils, then chances are its due to an evaporator coil that hasn’t been serviced correctly.
Freezing is mostly caused by dust build up around the coil that restricts proper air-flow and prevents moisture from dripping into the drain pan. If the moisture stays on the coil long enough it can cause it to freeze.
The real problem is that your coil isn’t working the way that it should. Don’t try to clean the evaporator yourself because it’s very easy to damage. Get a professional to take care of it as soon as possible so you can avoid having to replace it.
Dirty FiltersIf air filters aren’t regularly changed they can lead to extensive damages in your whole system. Always follow standard guidelines on how often you should replace your filters.
Even a partially inhibited filter can make your AC work harder causing your electric bills to increase, an unwanted strain on your unit, and ultimately leading to an evaporator coil that can’t efficiently condense moisture.
Ensuring your filters are well maintained is the most important preventative measure that you can take.
Oversized And Undersized AC UnitsWhen an HVAC specialist installs an air conditioning system it entails complex math and experienced preparation to choose the best-sized unit for any given space.
If a system isn’t strong enough to cool an area then your system will stay on longer than it should. It might not be able to completely cool every room no matter how long it stays on.
When a unit is too powerful it won’t be able to condense moisture fast enough and it’ll cause uncomfortable humidity levels. Unchecked moisture levels in a home can promote the growth of harmful molds and even cause water damage if it’s bad enough.