Nobody likes when their air conditioner breaks down. Besides not being able to cool your home – and that’s bad enough on its own – a broken AC often means an expensive repair is in your future. It’s a drag. The good news? There’s a way to avoid many of the most expensive air conditioner repairs and extend the life of your current system. Its called…
Have your AC system inspected regularly
Seriously. It’s that simple. An experienced HVAC pro should inspect your system and perform some basic maintenance tasks every year – once prior to the cooling season and once prior to the heating season. You already do this for your car. Regular tuneups by knowledgeable people can help you avoid breakdowns on the highway. It’s a smart thing to do.
At American Air Repair, many of the service calls we respond to are problems that could have been avoided with basic maintenance. But since the client waited until something broke before calling a heating and air company, well… Let’s just say they almost always end up paying more money to fix the problem than they would have spent preventing it. True story.
Most common AC problems
Problem 1: Dirty everything
If you’re like most homeowners around Atlanta, your HVAC system lives in one or two different places. One part resides outdoors, so it’s exposed to the elements. The other part lives inside your attic, crawlspace, or garage. It’s safe from rain, but it’s still exposed to… other stuff. The bottom line? The system gets dirty. And if you don’t actively clean it, it can get super dirty. For starters, there’s the outdoor coil. When it gets dirty, it prevents the system from cooling the house efficiently. You’ll wonder why the air isn’t blowing cold, and you’ll have to call in a crew to fix the problem.
Over time, a dirty coil forces the compressor to work harder than it’s designed to. If the compressor fails – and it happens a lot! – you’re either looking at a very expensive repair or an all-out system replacement. You don’t want either of those. Oh, and about air filters. When they aren’t changed or cleaned on a regular basis, they restrict air flow. This causes the system to literally freeze up. Ice and everything. The AC won’t cool your house properly, and you’ll wonder why.
Regular maintenance keeps this stuff from happening. When we do our cooling season inspection, we clean the outdoor coil. That way, your AC works like it’s supposed to, and you avoid expensive service calls.
Problem 2: Liquids
Refrigerant and water: your AC must move both of these liquids effectively or it simply will not work.
Let’s start with refrigerant, AKA freon. Refrigerant circulates throughout your system’s outdoor and indoor coils. If you don’t have the proper refrigerant charge (or if you have a refrigerant leak), you’ll need service. And depending on the problem, that service might cost a lot.
Then there’s water. Your AC removes humidity from your home whenever it’s running. It turns the humidity into actual water that you can see, feel, and touch. Then it drains that water to the outdoors. Unless something’s wrong with the system – a drain line clog, for instance. When water doesn’t drain properly, it’ll trip your float switch and shut the system off.
Preventative maintenance helps you avoid these problems. You knew that was coming, right? When we inspect your air conditioner, we flush the PVC drain line and any condensate lines so they’re clean and clear. We also check the refrigerant charge. Barring any unpredictable issues that cause a refrigerant leak, we’ll confirm you’re good to go for the season.
Problem 3: Broken stuff
Your air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery full of various parts. All of those parts work in tandem with one another. If one thing breaks, the whole thing can stop working. That being the case, you want to prevent things like compressors, fan motors, capacitors, fuses, and transformers from busting in the first place. Or, if you’ve got a part that’s close to failure, you want to know about it so you can avoid coming home to an unbearably hot house on a July afternoon!
Once again: maintenance maintenance maintenance! We perform various operational tests during our annual inspections. The purpose is to see whether any AC parts are on the verge of failure. That way, we can replace them before they give you trouble.
Give American Air Repair a call today at 813-802-2183 for a fast and free quote if you need help!