August 16, 2017
Home maintenance can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to maintaining all your major home appliances. Repairs and air conditioning maintenance alone can range anywhere from $100 to $2000. It’s tempting to skip out on some of the maintenance in order to save some money, but leaving your air conditioner untreated can lead to worse things than some discomfort and costly expenses.
Why You Need to Keep Up with Maintenance
Air conditioners in serious need of maintenance can result in some serious problems. If you think there is a problem with your air conditioner, it can also be tempting to try to fix the problem yourself. Air conditioning maintenance, however, can be complicated and dangerous depending on the problem, and is best left to a professional HVAC technician. Calling in a technician can help you avoid the following hazards.
- Electrical problems. Like any appliance, there are electronics involved, which means several potential electrical problems. Loose wires, a dirty or wrong fuse, a bad capacitor or a short in the wiring are all possible candidates. A broken electrical connection can do more than break down the entire air conditioner, it can also start a fire.
- Dangerous gas leak. Air conditioners use the refrigerant Freon to circulate cold air throughout your home. A well functioning air conditioner prevents Freon from leaking into the air so no one breathes it in. If your air conditioner doesn’t work, it could be the sign of a Freon leak. Freon is very toxic to breathe in and can result in death. If your air conditioner no longer cools your home and you smell something foul coming from the unit, contact a HVAC technician immediately.
- On top of keeping your house cool, air conditioners also function to remove the humidity. This means a lot of damp air passes through the filter, and overtime, mold can form from a buildup of dust and condensation. Mold is another respiratory hazard that can be avoided with routine cleaning, and having the filters changed monthly.
The Symptoms to Watch For
Half of the battle involves knowing what to look for, and luckily there are several warning signs that indicate a damaged air conditioner. If you suspect your home is in need of some serious air conditioning maintenance, contact a HVAC technician. They have the right tools to not only safely detect what the problem is, but effectively repair the air conditioning unit without causing any more damage. Major damages and repairs can be prevented if you spot them early enough, so here are a few signs to look out for.
- Poor air flow. If you feel weak or little air flow coming out of the vents, there could be an issue with the compressor. If you notice some rooms are getting cold air while others are not, the issue might then be with the duct work. Regardless of the cause, poor air flow usually indicates either something is clogged, which can cause health hazards overtime, or there’s a part that needs immediate repair.
- There’s no cold air. Sometimes the issue isn’t a lack of air flow, but a lack of cold air, period. If you air conditioner is producing no cold air whatsoever, then it could be that the compressor needs to be replaced. No cold air could also indicate that the air conditioner Freon levels are too low.
- Water where it shouldn’t be. If you notice water pooling around your air conditioner, there could either be a refrigerant leak or a damaged drain pipe. Both should receive immediate action as they both pose dangerous health hazards.
- Strange sounds. Squealing or grinding sounds can imply a variety of problems. If your air conditioner is squealing, that could be a sign that a belt has slipped out of place or a metal compartment needs lubrication. A grinding noise can mean the motor’s bearings are broken.
- Foul or musty odors. There shouldn’t be any odor coming out of your air conditioner, but if you smell something nasty, that could be two different problems. Either the wire insulation inside the air conditioner has burned out or there’s mold growing inside the unit.
Don’t Wait for Your Health and Wallet to Suffer
There’s no point in prolonging the problem if your home is in need of air conditioning maintenance. A damaged air conditioner means higher utility bills, discomfort, and safety hazards- something that can and should be avoided. If it’s time for some much needed air conditioning maintenance, call a HVAC technician. A professional technician can save you the time and trouble of trying to identify the problem and fixing it. A functioning, well-maintained air conditioner means a comfortable, safe, and money saving lifestyle.