One of the most important tasks you can do this spring is to schedule your annual preventive maintenance call for your air conditioner. The most common air conditioner problems are highly preventable with a little A/C TLC, and as an added bonus, your system will operate more efficiently to save you money on cooling costs.
Here are the four most common air conditioner problems and what your technician can do to prevent them:
If your air conditioner isn’t charged with the exact amount of refrigerant specified by the manufacturer, your system won’t cool efficiently. Your technician will measure the level of refrigerant in your system and if it’s low, will test for leaks, which will be repaired before topping your system off with the right amount of refrigerant.
Electric Control Failure
Over time, terminals and wire may corrode and electric controls on the fan and compressor can wear out. Your technician will inspect all of the electrical components of your system, tighten connections and apply a nonconductive coating to prevent rust and corrosion.
During periods of humidity, the evaporator coil in your indoor unit drips condensation into the condensate pan, which is attached to a drainage hose. If the condensate pan drain opening or the hose become clogged, water will build up and shut down your system, as well as cause water damage and possibly mold growth in your home. Your technician will clean the condensate pan and flush the drain to remove any clogs or debris that can lead to clogs.
Dust that enters your system due to a dirty air filter or loose seals on your system will coat the essential components like the fan, coils and motor, resulting in their premature failure. Dust buildup also reduces the overall efficiency of your system. Your technicians will clean the interior components of your air conditioner to help prevent the failure of these components.
To schedule your preventive tuneup to help prevent common air conditioner problems, please feel free to contact us in the Grand Traverse County area at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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