I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
Have you been counting down the days until you can stop using your air conditioner for the year? Are you thrilled at the thought of your utility bills becoming more affordable once again? Although they can be necessary, depending on where you live, air conditioners can be quite expensive to run at times. Unfortunately, ignoring your air conditioner and following an improper maintenance schedule can make them even more costly in the long run. You might think that you're saving money by not doing it, but here are some reasons why you should have your air conditioner inspected on an annual basis:
An issue often starts out as something small, something you may not notice immediately, and so you don't even think of calling an air conditioning repair technician to take a look. However, as parts age and become worn out, it can take more electricity for them to do the same work. For instance, an unlubricated fan motor will have to work harder to get the blade spinning. Because the fan isn't spinning as fast as it used to and pushing as much air through it as it should, you'll have to run your air conditioner for longer and longer periods to experience the same cooling effect. A professional repair technician can either repair or replace the fan to make it work as well as it ever did.
One of the biggest causes of damage to an air conditioning unit is itself. Over time, the slight vibrations caused by the running fan and pump can sometimes cause wires to snap. This won't always cause the unit to stop working, but this gap in the wiring could trigger a dangerous short at any time. In order to prevent possible electric fires, it's a good idea to have an air conditioning repair technician check out the wiring and ensure that everything is where it should be.
You might think that just because your air vents and your air conditioner look clean from the outside that everything is fine. This isn't always the case, especially if you are not the original owner of the air conditioner. The previous owner may have used the wrong filters or no filters at all, allowing hair, dust, or pollen to get sucked into the air conditioner's intake. These particles can then get trapped on the inside of the air conditioner, reducing its cooling effectiveness. If this layer isn't removed, the air conditioner may start to overheat randomly. At this point, instead of a basic air conditioning repair, it may be cheapest and easiest to replace the whole unit. But by inspecting and cleaning out the ducts and the unit itself, you can avoid spending potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a replacement.Share
4 October 2019