The sweltering Arlington heat will start rising even more in the next few
months, which means your air conditioning system will be working extra
hard to keep you and your family cool. Even with proper maintenance and
up-keep, your AC unit won’t be immune to typical problems and issues.
So what’s the solution? Keep an eye on your unit during the summer
and take fast action if you notice any concerning problems. The sooner
you fix it, the more time, money, and comfort you’ll be saving!
Here are some suggestions on what to watch out for in the heat from our
team here at Tom’s Mechanical, Inc:
1. Refrigerant Leaks
Without the right amount of refrigerant, your air conditioning unit can
go from producing a cool breeze to toasty winds. Low levels may be caused
due to a leak or undercharging in the installation process. You can easily
check for leaks by looking for stains or discoloration of the refrigerant
piping or around the evaporator and cooling coils. If ice forms on the
inside or outside of units, you may also be low on Freon. Call a professional
to give your unit the refrigerant boost it needs!
2. Clogged Up Air Filters / Dirty Evaporator Coil
If your air filter or evaporator coils are dirty, this could easily slow
down the production of that highly coveted cool air. While you can easily
get a replacement filter, taking care of a dirty or damaged evaporator
coil will require a professional touch.
3. Debris or Mess Blocking Your Unit
When was the last time you checked on your outdoor AC unit? Leaves, twigs,
dust, and other debris can cause trouble if they damage or block certain
parts of your AC unit, such as the condenser coils. If the air flow of
these coils is blocked with dirt or other debris, it will make your AC
work harder to produce cool air. Eventually, this could cause a breakdown
or other damage if not taken care of. Keep those condenser coils clean
and your unit debris-free!
4. Electric Control Issues
If your system is oversized, it could be prone to suffering failed compressor
or fan controls. Outside units may also have corroded wires or terminals,
resulting in damaged electric controls. Make sure you inspect these wires
to see if there is any damage or corrosion. If you notice issues, leave
it to the professional HVAC technicians!
5. Thermostat Set Incorrectly
If all else checks out but your AC still seems to be producing hot air,
you may have the thermostat set incorrectly. Sure, this seems like pointing
out the obvious, but people often overlook the simplest issues first.
If you recently set up your thermostat for the summer months, you may
have made a minor mistake or failed to make the adjustments final. It
doesn’t hurt to double check your thermostat before calling out
the HVAC repairman in a panic.
Want more tips on how to keep your AC running efficiently this summer?
Call Tom’s Mechanical, Inc.! We offer 24/7 service.