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Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer?

June 26, 2015

Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer?

The hot days of summer are here, and it is high time to make sure your air conditioner is up to the task of cooling your home. If something in the system is even just a little bit off, it can make the unit less effective at performing its task, resulting in uneven cooling, over-frequent cycling, and poorer air quality. In addition, the system won’t be as efficient, meaning it will take more energy to do its job, increasing your monthly expenses.

There are a number of things you can do on your own to check your system and make sure it’s functioning at its best. A few things to check in your HVAC system include:

  • Filters: The filters in the system should ideally be replaced on a monthly basis. A clogged filter will make it more difficult for the fans to draw air through the system, increasing energy costs. In addition, it will keep air pollutants from being filtered out of the air in your home, which will lead to poor air quality, allergy problems, and possible health issues.
  • AC condenser coils: The condenser unit is the outdoor part of your AC system. It controls the temperature of the system’s coolant, which is circulated through condenser coils. If the coils are covered in debris, it can make the system less efficient. Ideally, the unit should be covered during the winter to prevent leaves, sticks, and dirt from getting inside, but if debris still manages to get it, it is a fairly simple matter to clear it out.
  • Fan belt: The outdoor fan should also be in working order to control the coolant’s temperature. If the fan belt is worn or broken, it needs to be replaced to get the system working properly again.
  • Coolant lines: The lines leading from the unit into your house—as well as throughout your home—should be properly insulated so that the coolant temperature remains under control. Also, insulation will prevent moisture from condensing on the lines and dripping into your ceiling, walls, etc.
  • Ductwork: The ducts should be free of dust and debris in order to allow air to pass through unimpeded. They should also be free of mold. Otherwise, you will get mold spores being circulated throughout your home, posing a possible risk for allergic reactions and health problems.

Other issues can arise within your system which will require professional repairs. While it is understandable to be reluctant about calling a repair service, it is in your best interest to take care of important HVAC issues as quickly as possible. This keeps your energy bills low and prevents problems from snowballing. Some things that will likely require professional service include:

  • Mechanical issues
  • Clogged or leaky coolant lines
  • Frozen condensation coils and lines
  • Unexplained problems with air distribution or cooling

If you are facing any of these issues in the North Texas area, your best resource is Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating. Our technicians are NATE-certified and highly trained in working with a wide variety of AC units. Also, we provide regular preventative maintenance through our ClimateCare Maintenance program. For more information, contact us today!

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