What Every Homeowner Should Know About Air Conditioning Maintenance

It’s the middle of the sweltering summer months.

The sun is shining and everything is perfect, but your Air Conditioner suddenly stops working.

What do you do?

Unfortunately, many people do not understand how their Air Conditioning system works and would be at a loss if this were to happen to them.

Let’s take a look at some possibilities. 

How to Prevent a Problem Before It Starts

The first way that property owners can avoid their Air Conditioner breaking down is by performing preventative maintenance on their unit.

Air conditioners require attention throughout the year in order for owners to get the longest lifespan and quality from them, as well as to avoid potential breakdowns.

Some of the preventative maintenance care that homeowners can perform on their own include:

  • Changing the Air Filters – Air filters are very easy for homeowners to monitor and change on their own. Usually, you should expect to have to clean out your Air Conditioner’s Filter about once a month. Replacing the Air filter in your Air conditioner should be done about every three months.
  • Removing Debris from Around the Unit – Removing any debris from around the unit is one of the best ways property owners can prevent the need to call an AC repairman. Simply checking the area around the outdoor component of the Air Conditioner and removing anything around any of its components can help prevent blockages in air flow or damage being done to the unit.
  • Clean All Registers and Vents in your Home – Over time, Dust and Dirt can build up in your vents and registers due to the amount of air constantly flowing through it. When this happens, your homes indoor air quality greatly decreases, as well as your home becomes dirtier in general. Cleaning out your vents and registers on a regular basis can help prevent this from happening and the need for a service call. 

Taking preventative measures is the best way that property owners can prevent the need for Air Conditioning Repairs and lengthen the lifespan of their unit.

But what if maintenance isn’t enough…

My AC Unit is Broken, What Can I Do?

However, even when you take all the preventative measures, there is still always the chance that your unit may break down.

Some of the common repairs that our Air Conditioning technicians see include:

  • Frozen Condenser Coils – When your condenser coils freeze up, your air conditioner will not be able to function properly. Usually, the cause of the condenser coils freezing up and forming ice is because of an obstruction of airflow or low refrigerant level. 
  • Leaking Refrigerant – Refrigerant is what Air Conditioning systems use to cool the air that is circulated into your home. When your coolant leaks, the levels drop, causing there to not be enough to cool your property. If you look at your unit and discover a liquid on the ground next to it, it may be leaking refrigerant. Having a licensed technician come out and charge your refrigerant is the best way to solve this problem.
  • Broken Thermostat – If your thermostat is broken, it can create multiple problems with your air conditioner. A broken thermostat can leave you without the ability to adjust the temperature of your property, or the ability to turn the unit on or off when you would like. Sometimes, a broken thermostat can be a minor issue, such as replacing the batteries. However, if that does not work, calling a professional is usually your best option.
  • Broken Compressor Fan – The compressor fan is located in the outdoor unit and is responsible for pumping heat out of your home. When your compressor fan breaks down it can cause a few different problems. First off, your unit will be unable to adequately cool the air in your home. Also, this can lead to the compressor overheating, which will cause your unit to automatically shut off for safety reasons. If you think you may have a broken compressor fan, you should call an AC repairman to take a look.

Having your Air Conditioning system break down in the middle of the summer can be incredibly frustrating.

Calling a professional Air Conditioning Repair service is the best way to quickly get your unit up and running again, and hopefully, prevent issues in the future.

If your Air Conditioner is not functioning properly, and you would like to have a technician come and look at it, give Assured Comfort a call.

Click the link below to schedule an appointment online today.

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