Homeowners have plenty of issues to worry about without even considering air conditioning, but a faulty AC unit can be a time (and money) consuming issue. And if you’re in an older home? AC units can give you a world of trouble, especially when you need them most. Don’t melt in your living room this summer, get your AC prepped for the prime summer months. Here are a few things to look for that might grind older AC units to a halt.
Wear and Tear
Just like any machine, your AC unit will wear down with frequent use. Unfortunately, this kind of degradation in inevitable, but you can slow down the process with a little maintenance. Head on out to the backyard and look around the outdoor unit. You may find all kinds of plants and animals wreaking havoc on your air conditioner. Clean away any dead grass or weeds that may have grown and verify no bees or mice have made homes. All kinds of creatures seek out the shelter of your outdoor unit, including snakes in some areas. Your AC isn’t a critter motel so keep these guys away to keep it running properly.
Regular maintenance is important to keeping a watchful eye on older units. As the wear and tear of use can start to affect mechanical components, regular tune-ups can spot faulty components and fix before they turn into a bigger problem.
Have you noticed an increase in your electric bill recently? Or maybe you’re running at full blast and the house is still a bit warmer than it was last year? An aging AC unit will slowly lose efficiency over time, using up more and more energy to hold the same temperatures. A problem like this can sometimes be solved with thorough maintenance, but you might want to consider a system replacement if your energy bills are swelling. Newer units are much more energy efficient and can help save money in the long run.
Leaking fluids aren’t just a household problem, it’s an issue with environmental regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that R22, a common refrigerant used in air conditioning systems, must be phased out by 2020. That means the cost to maintain your unit will increase. If your air conditioning system was built before 2010, you may be using R-22. Learn more about the R22 phase out.
Improperly Working Fans
The fan in your AC unit is what makes hot air flow out and cool air flow in. It’s really a work of science, but in short the fan is a critical component to your AC unit. If your fan moves too slowly or not at all, your air conditioning system won’t work properly. A fan problem could be caused by debris in the unit or something much more complex.
Your AC unit is a complex system made up of a number of electrical parts. Wiring snakes all throughout the system connecting circuit boards to the fans, compressor, coils, and the like. With so many electrical components, frayed wiring or a busted capacitor is something to prepare for.
Annual maintenance will keep your air conditioner running in ideal fashion. Does your system need a tuneup or replacement? Contact our technicians today and we’ll find a perfect solution to your all your AC worries.