Fall is around the corner and your AC will get some much-needed rest from the stress of cooling your house through the hottest months of the year. Your AC likely runs more frequently and for longer durations when it’s the hottest outside. This can put a strain on all of the components, leading to additional wear and tear.
But when you invest in regular maintenance you can reverse some of this wear and tear, also increasing your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. If you want to schedule air conditioning service in Algonquin, IL, give our team a call. We’re highlighting below some of the most common AC repairs we address during AC maintenance appointments so you can know what to expect.
Icy Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coils inside your HVAC system are responsible for lowering air temperature so that cool air can circulate through your home. You may think that ice means your coils are really doing a great job to cool the air, but that’s not correct. Ice actually blocks the cold air from being able to circulate into your home. Refrigerant leaks are most often to blame for frozen evaporator coils and require immediate attention.
Grimy Condenser Coils
The evaporator coils are inside your home, but there are also condenser coils outside your home. These coils are responsible for releasing the heat that your system draws away from the air during the cooling process. Because these coils are outside, they can get dirty. Just as ice blocks cool air, dirt and grime can block warm air. This can put a strain on your HVAC system so that it has to work harder and may even break down eventually. Rinsing these condenser coils out annually is a great way to keep your air conditioner running at peak performance.
Full Air Filter
Your air filter can only collect so much dust and dirt before it’s full. If you don’t remember to change the air filter regularly (most of the time once per month) then dirt and grime can get inside your HVAC system. Keep in mind that high levels of dust and dirt (think about kids and pets going in and out) may mean that you need to change your air filter more often. You may need to change it a few days to a week sooner than a month. If you buy an air filter that’s rated to last longer than a month, check it each month to see how full it is.
Your air conditioning unit has two fans, one is on the outdoor unit and one is on the indoor unit. Each one is attached to the respective coils and works to blow air away. Inside, the fan blows cool air through the ductwork and into your home. Outside the fans blows away the hot air that is leaving your unit. If components on the fan are loose or a fan blade gets bent, the fan cannot work correctly. Tightening parts and fixing fan blades have a positive impact on the rest of your air conditioner, too, since everything has to work together.
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