air conditioner maintenance

 

 

Summer means keeping your home cool and comfortable. This means you should inspect the air conditioner regularly. The refrigerant is the stuff that your air conditioner uses to remove the heat and humidity from the air in your home. If your system develops leaks in the refrigerant lines, you can end up with not enough refrigerant to effectively cool the air. Unfortunately, fixing this air conditioner problem correctly is not just a matter of replacing the refrigerant.

Evaporator coils

The air conditioner’s evaporator coil is filled with refrigerant, and is responsible for absorbing the heat from the air like a sponge. Those coils need warm air circulating around them to work properly. When something goes wrong with the airflow and the evaporator coil gets too cold, a layer of ice can build up on the outside. When that happens, you’ll get warm air or none at all coming from your air conditioning supply registers.

Condenser coils

The condenser coils are part of the unit outdoors. This gets rid of the heat removed from the air by expelling it outside the building. The condenser coil won’t work well when it gets covered with a layer of dirt and grime. When it happens, heat transfer is delayed, and your unit has to work harder to do the job. This then leads to increased wear on the parts and even system failure.

The Fan

There is a fan that blows indoor air over your unit’s evaporator coil to cool the air. There is another that blows air over the outdoor unit’s condenser to expel the absorbed heat outside the building. If either of those fans isn’t working properly because of a faulty motor, lack of lubrication, worn belts or too much dirt and debris, there can be poor airflow and air conditioner problems. Neglecting the problem can lead to compressor failure. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. We can inspect the air conditioner and HVAC system for you.