Air conditioning maintenance is designed to keep these critical systems running at peak levels. While it’s an easy step to forget to make for many homeowners, there are some pretty compelling reasons to make sure it happens at least annually.
When professional AC technicians inspect systems during routine maintenance, they’re also looking for little problems that can become bigger, costlier ones if not addressed early. Here are just a few of the common issues detected during routine AC maintenance:
Dirty Evaporator Coils
Have you noticed weaker air pressure and warmer temperatures at your air registers? You may not have noticed because the decline can be gradual over several years' time. If you've never had preventative AC care done on your cooling system, you may be amazed at the difference after the service is complete. Your clean coils will allow refrigerant in the system to do its job without hindrance, and the removal of that grungy barrier will promote a much stronger flow of air. Your energy usage and bills should improve as a result.
Low Refrigerant Charge
If your refrigerant is low, there may be a leak in your system that needs attention. It's important to know that your compressor's performance can be affected by this issue. Additionally, your bills may increase. Scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance ensures that a leak won't continue to worsen and seriously damage your system.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Your air handler's moist environment may promote the growth of mold and bacteria, especially at the conclusion of cooling season. These materials can collect on your coils, in your filter and on other parts. Their presence can result in contamination of your airstream, and these biomaterials can be transferred into your ducts and other parts of the home. Cleaning parts in the air handler can address these issues, and your technician can also recommend UV lamps for killing such materials before they can make a major impact on your home's air supply.
If you are in need of a contractor familiar with your neighborhood and climate, Comfort24-7 is ready to provide you with recommendations that will allow you to schedule your next air conditioning maintenance service.
Written by Randy Gailit