If you have ever spent time in the sweltering heat of summer in a Florida home with AC problems, it is certain that it is an experience you do not want to go through again. To ensure you don’t leave your comfort and that of your family to chance, you should learn the most common causes of AC problems and what you can do to prevent them.
Low Refrigerant Levels
A refrigerant is the substance that your AC uses to remove humidity and heat from the air into your indoor space. If your air conditioner develops a leak in the refrigerant lines, it results in reduced levels to effectively cool your indoor environment.
If your AC has low refrigerant levels, instead of just replacing the refrigerant, you should hire a HVAC professional to fix the problem. You might not do it as effectively as a professional will and you won’t be able to detect other underlying problems if there is any.
Dirty Coils and Filters
Condenser and evaporator coils as well as filters should always be clean for your AC to work at its optimal level. When coils are dirty, it restricts the air flow and this means your air conditioner has to work extra hard to cool your home. This results in wear on the AC components which can ultimately lead to the system failure if not addressed in time.
It’s always recommended to ensure that dirt, debris, grime, and other contaminants don’t clog your coils. With clean coils, you will be assured that your AC is working efficiently thus saving you on cooling costs.
Ductwork plays a crucial role in the cooling of your home. It carries cooled air from the AC to your indoor environment. In the event there are breaks or holes in the ductwork, the cooled air will leak thus not cooling your home in the desired manner. This forces your air conditioner to work harder which has a ripple effect of increasing your energy bills.
It’s of paramount importance that you have a HVAC contractor inspect your ductwork from time to time for leaks. This will ensure that in case of any hole or break, it is addressed at the earliest stage possible.
If your thermostat is malfunctioning, it might be an indication that it’s incorrectly calibrated. An incorrectly calibrated thermostat means that your AC is not getting proper instructions from the control unit. To fix this problem, you can have your thermostat recalibrated.
Also, if you have the old type of thermostat, you should replace it with a programmable one. Programmable thermostats are more precise and enables you save on energy costs.
In additional to the above, fan problems, frozen evaporator coils, and clogged drains are other common AC problems homeowners encounter. All these can be easily prevented through regular maintenance. Plan for a scheduled maintenance with your HVAC contractor and you will have your air conditioner operating optimally all year round.
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