As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
Many people stress the need for regular air conditioner (AC) service as a means of preventing AC problems. However, many people do not know exactly how the scheduled services help to keep their AC running efficiently. Below is a brief overview of some of the tasks involved in AC servicing, and how they help your AC.
Your AC needs to be clean if it is to run efficiently. Every part needs to be clean, but the air filter, coil (both condenser and evaporator), and the motor are particularly vulnerable to debris. At the very least, the technician will clean the vulnerable areas to ensure your AC system runs efficiently.
Checking Refrigerant Pressure
The refrigerant pressure can tell you whether the refrigerant is undercharged, overcharged, or leaking. All of these conditions create different problems. For example, if the AC refrigerant was properly charged the last time, then a low pressure means the AC is leaking refrigerant. Your AC will overwork, overheat, and probably break down if it operates for a long time with low refrigerant levels. Also, leaking refrigerant is bad for your household because the chemical can trigger some health problems for you.
Checking Temperature Splits
In the AC industry, the temperature split is the difference between the air going into the AC and the air coming out of the AC. An extremely low-temperature split means the AC is not doing its work efficiently because the temperature of the air coming out of the AC is not too different from the temperature of the air coming out. An extremely too high-temperature split is not desirable either; it means the AC is cooling too much (this can trigger condensation and mold growth problems). Thus, the technician doing the service will check the temperature split to confirm that the AC is running optimally.
Check Electrical Connections
Your AC has several electrical parts, such as the thermostat and motor, that are integral to the AC's main function of cooling. The technician should check the electrical parts of the AC to confirm their integrity. This includes checking whether the electrical wires are tight enough, whether the motor is drawing the right current (too much current draw signals a malfunction), and if any of the wires are frayed.
As you can see, regular AC service is pretty significant. Hopefully, you have been maintaining your AC, and it won't be giving you any problems soon. Consult a technician if your AC begins to show signs of malfunction.