With the help of a reliable HVAC technician, you can identify possible issues with your air conditioner before your household’s cooling demand goes up in summer. Some of the most common AC issues include damaged evaporator coils, refrigerant leaks and condenser clogs. To avoid these issues during the hottest months of the year, here are a few ways you can prepare.
Check Your Thermostat
An outdated thermostat will show inaccurate readings, which will make your AC work harder and consume more energy. Updating it to a programmable or smart thermostat is a good idea if you’re aiming for energy savings.
Clean a Dirty Condenser
Obstructed condenser coils cannot condensate heat effectively. If you see standing water and rusting, your unit should be inspected by a qualified technician. Be sure that repairs are done immediately so that you can maintain your AC’s efficiency and your indoor air quality.
Repair Evaporator Coil Damage
Evaporator coil leaks will make your AC unit work harder to cool your space. Signs of evaporator coil damage include warm air coming from vents, zero cooling despite compressors switching on and off, and refrigerant leaks causing some coil areas to form ice.
Clean Dirty Filters
Your HVAC filter may need replacement every 90 days or less if it’s not reusable. HEPA filters are often recommended because they have better filtering efficiency and do not disrupt airflow. How often you need to replace your filters depends on numerous factors, such as the amount of dust, dander and other air contaminants in your home.
Watch Out for Electrical Wear
Observe your AC’s indoor and outdoor units and look for peeled wires, animal bites and damaged electric lines. An AC unit that looks normal but produces strange sparks or banging noises after being turned on needs to be immediately checked by an HVAC technician.
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