Hiring an air conditioning contractor isn’t always easy; in fact, it can prove to be the toughest task. And as you know, AC systems do require regular and continuous cleaning for them to operate efficiently. It is not a matter of luxury but of necessity, which reiterates the importance of taking extra caution when hiring an AC technician. You should know that there are many mistakes that homeowners make or overlook when hiring one, which in turn could have an impact on how the system operates afterwards. Hiring the wrong contractor will not only cost you money – a lot of it – but it will also endanger the lives of your loved ones. Having said that, pay attention to the following ‘red flags’ when hiring your contractor:
Lack of references – of course, there are many contractors who will approach you, trying to convince you that they are the best, but since we are talking about your home here, you will need to do your research on your own. Now, in your research, one of the things you can ask for are the references. With this knowledge, you will be able to determine the level of expertise of each contractor. If a contractor doesn’t have any references, that could put into question their ability to finish the task successfully. So, you need to be cautious.
Lack of reviews – when hiring an AC contractor, it is imperative that you visit their website to learn more about their services. Whether it is an individual or a company you are hiring, you should know that all of them are listed online. When you visit their site, check their reviews to see what other clients have said about their services. If you find a contractor without any reviews, chances are their services aren’t what they say they are or haven’t served any client yet. Of course, you wouldn’t hire someone who you don’t know how they work, as they may end up doing more harm than good to your AC unit. So be very careful!
Don’t have a license or insurance – before checking any further details, you need to find out if the AC contractor you are about to hire has a license and insurance coverage. You need to find out if they are certified to provide services in this particular field and whether they’ve taken liability insurance coverage, just in case anything goes wrong. What this information does is to give you some peace of mind knowing that your AC repair is being done by a certified contractor and that any potential damages are already covered. If your chosen company doesn’t present any proof of this, you should be alerted that you are about to make a big mistake. Ask for these documentation, and if they don’t have them, just know that you are about to hire the long AC contractor.
Poor response time – communication is a critical aspect of any AC repair process. So, when hiring an AC contractor, you need to make sure that their communication is consistent. After all, it’s your house they are servicing, so you will need to be updated about the whole process. AC repair is a complex task and it’s also quite crucial to the general comfortability in your home. If you find that the contractor you are about to hire doesn’t communicate that often, then you need to think again. Hiring that contractor would mean that you won’t have any peace of mind throughout the entire process. You don’t want to be anxious the entire time wondering what going on in your property.
Super low prices – let’s start off by saying ‘not only that shines is gold’ and when the deal is too good, you seriously need to think twice. Of course, there is a standard price in the market for AC repairs. So if you find a contractor who is charging a lot less, you really need to think twice about hiring that service. You need to ask the services they are offering at such a price, chances are that the services are the same. If this is the case, know that you may end up using more money than you would have spent if hired a service on a standard rate. Pay attention!
There is a saying that goes as follows ‘if you have time to lean – you’ve got time to clean.’ Now, if you were to think about it, this is quite a fundamental rule that could always ensure that our surroundings are clean at all times, especially business environments. See, due to the number of people, you can see to it that everyone plays a part in cleaning wherever they are, which will include the HVAC system.
Therefore, not only will this rule ensure that your business is kept looking clean and tidy, but it will also improve your indoor air quality. You may be asking yourself how your office staff can clean the HVAC system. Well, believe it or not, there are some things your staff can do to boost the efficiency of your system. Here are some of the simplest DIY HVAC maintenance tips:
Dusting the ventilators – every business does have a team of cleaners, who are tasked with maintaining the office clean and tidy. Now you can have these people dust the HVAC vents at least once per week to improve the air quality indoors. The vents facilitate airflow from your office, into the HVAC system where it is cooled or heated, and then back into the office – this time being more refreshed and comfortable. Almost two-thirds of this cycle happens in the ventilators, which is why it is crucial for it to be cleaned regularly. If they get clogged with dirt and debris, proper airflow will be inconvenienced, which also means your normal business operations will be inconvenienced too.
Now, dusting out the vents means that no dirt gets to the filters, which means the air will be able to circulate unhitched, thereby improving the efficiency of the HVAC system. Secondly, you need to know that you will be saving a lot of money by just cleaning the vents and the ductwork regularly. Thirdly, you will be promoting health among your employees by ensuring that the air they breathe in while at work is purified and fresh.
Cleaning/replacing the air filters – your filters do play a vital role in the air conditioning process, and they sometimes get easily clogged with all kinds of debris and dirt. This means that you need to ensure that they are checked at least once a month. Now, this is something that your staff can do, so you don’t need to call a technician. Of course, you don’t need any skill to notice that your filters are getting clogged up. So, whenever you do, consider cleaning them, and after a while, you may want to change them, which is pretty simple as well. Dirty filters strain your entire HVAC system, making it operate less efficiently.
Clean out the debris from your AC and heating system – with an outdoor unit, you should know that they do attract debris a lot. So, you need to see to it that your cleaning staff checks these units every week or so to clean it out. With a pair of gloves, you will be able to eliminate the debris from your system, thereby allowing for maximum airflow to the fans. This will increase the system’s lifespan and efficiency. To have the cleanest possible HVAC system, try to remove everything blocking the airflow, leaving a space of two feet around the unit.
Check the thermostat – also, you need to check your thermostat regularly to ensure that it is working properly. When a thermostat malfunctions, it can trigger a number of problems, ranging from uneven or inadequate cooling to short-cycling. To determine whether your thermostat is operating as it should, just try to find out whether the temperature reading matches the temperature in the office. You can do this with the help of a thermometer to measure the room’s temperature. If you find that the readings don’t match, then there is something wrong with your thermostat, and maybe you should speak to a professional about it. But if it operating as it should, ensure that the settings are optimized for both energy savings and comfort.
Clean the drip pan and condensate line – by now you know how the HVAC system operates – which is to suck the warm air and moisture from your indoor space. Afterward, the condensate line then drains the moisture collected to prevent it from accumulating in your equipment, which could cause a lot of problems. But over time, the drain line gets clogged by algae and mold. When left for too long, it could easily destroy your HVAC unit, which could in turn result in indoor air pollution. Now, you can avoid all these by keeping an eye on your condensate line. Locate the drip pan, by first switching the AC off. Now, once you notice water on the pan, there is a possibility that the condensate line is clogged. So, use soap and water to remove all the contaminants blocking the line.
Moreover, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of the clogs in the condensate line. Vacuum for a minute and check to see if the clogs are still there. If they are, maybe you can use a flexible rubber tube. You will have to access the line from the access point – a T-shaped vent with a PVC cover. After removing the cover, use distilled vinegar or hot water plus soap to flush out the drain. Just let the solution soak for like 30 minutes before rinsing with clean water.
In summary, a commercial HVAC system that is properly maintained will for sure go a long way in enabling you to run your business successfully. You just need to stay on top of it, and everything will turn out great.
Let’s face it, repairing your air conditioning system in San Diego, is not a joke as it can be extremely expensive, especially if you are doing so during the hot and humid months of summer when you need it the most. But the thing is, these kinds of repairs happen when you fail to take care of the unit prior to the hot weather. See, when you ignore your AC when it needs care, be sure that it will ‘ignore’ you when you need it the most. It doesn’t have to get to this though, just schedule regular preventative maintenance, and if you find it too costly to fix, just replace it entirely. Furthermore, if you don’t do this, not be surprised to find your monthly electricity bills increasing dramatically. In this article, we will look at ways in which you can avoid costly repairs on your AC unit. It’s pretty simple actually.
For starters, seasonal checkups on your AC by an AC professional is always recommended. Having your unit regularly checked by a technician will always guarantee better performance at all times as he or she will ensure that they follow a particular maintenance schedule. So, if you are one of the individuals with a super tight schedule and can’t find time to maintain the unit yourself, get someone to do it for you. But if you are able to do it yourself, you need to create a maintenance checklist where you will include the following tasks:
Replacing or cleaning the air filters – depending on the type of filters you use, they need to be cleaned on a regular basis without fail. And after some time you will have to replace them. The reason being, when your air filter gets dirty, it increases the chances of a breakdown or failure of the entire AC system. Dirty filters make your unit overwork, which in turn, results in the frequent breakdowns which are pretty expensive to fix. So, always ensure that your filters are kept as clean as possible to prevent all these problems.
Properly inspect and oil all the moving parts – you need to ensure that the fans and the motors are properly oiled. If they are not properly oiled, they will be sluggish, which will overwork the AC unit, making it wear faster. They may also cause other major problems which may be super expensive to fix. Still, remember that whenever the AC unit overworks, its power consumption increases, which means your monthly electrical bills will increase as well.
Inspect your refrigerant levels – how efficient your AC unit can be, depends on the refrigerant level which you maintain. If it is too low, it will have a negative impact on your AC unit – the same case applies when the level is high. Basically, whenever the levels drop 10% lower than normal, the cooling coils becomes less efficient, which means that the unit system will have to work harder to try and produce the same cooling power. When this happens, the unit can wear out easily, meaning that you will have to put in more money to repair it and not forgetting that your monthly electricity bills will skyrocket. So you need to ensure that the refrigerant level is balanced for optimum efficiency. Ensuring this balance is pretty complex, so it’s better you call an AC technician to do it for you.
Calibrate, clean and level your thermostat – when you calibrate your thermostat, you ensure that your unit runs as peak capacity. Also, if yours is still a manual thermostat, you really need to switch to a digital one since a manual tends to get broken easily, which means more repair money. But with a digital thermostat, you will enjoy a number of benefits, including being able to set varying temperatures for different days. What’s more, ensure that you clean your thermostat regularly, and have it checked annually as part of your AC tune-up and repair. This way, the major problems that may arise if it is not properly maintained are avoided.
In summary, for your air conditioning unit to operate efficiently and without any problems, you really need to get on top of it. In case of problems, ensure that it is repaired as early as possible before it gets worse. Clean your unit regularly to avoid dirt build-up, which could cost you a fortune if they mess something up.
On average, an air conditioner remains useful for a span of 15 to 20 years, but with proper maintenance, it could go for as long as 30 years. Look, replacing an AC entirely is very costly and maybe a huge hit on your wallet. But did you know that you can avoid replacing your AC earlier that you need to? Just follow these tips to lengthen the lifespan of your AC.
Schedule regular preventative maintenance – Like your car, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance for it to operate at optimum efficiency, which in turn maximizes your AC’s lifespan. As a car owner, you would never skip an oil change as you are well aware of the repercussions, if the oil runs low or stops providing the lubrication your car needs to operate. In much the same way, when you ignore key preventative maintenance on your AC system, you are bound to have a system blockage at one point. What happens is that when it gets to this point, your system tends to work harder to provide the same results, making it wear out faster. So, you need to take good care of your system the way it does for you.
Ensure that you buy the right AC sizing – Did you know that the size of the AC unit you choose to buy actually determines its lifespan? See, a 2800 square foot house does not use the same AC as an 1100 square foot house. In most cases, you will find larger houses using two units installed in different sections of the house. Your AC contractor should be able to inform you about the size you need, but always ensure that you do your due diligence. This is because there are contractors who would do everything to win your business, even if that means undercutting the sizing you would need just to give you a lower bid. Anyway, with the right AC unit comes optimum efficiency, which translates to longer useful life.
Use smart thermostat – In the past, there are these thermostats that were being used, which once you set it, that was it – you just forgot about it. But like we said, it was in the past, it may have been fine back then, but not today. Technological advancements have made it easier for homeowners to use their units only when they need them. Rather than having your AC running throughout the day, even when you are not there, smart thermostats – relying on GPS technology – are able to sense when you are coming home and they will be able to trigger you AC and turn it on. So, the fact that your system is not running throughout makes it last longer, as opposed to one that runs non-stop.
Replace your air filters – Your air filters play a critical role in ensuring that there is nothing that blocks your ducting and that there is proper airflow. The same way it enhances the efficiency of your system is the same way it can inhibit its performance overall if it’s not maintained properly. So, if you notice that the air coming out of the registers has slowed down and it’s not as strong as it used to be, then you need to check your air filters, as that’s where the problem might be. If the problem is not taken care of soon enough, it overworks the system, making it wear out faster than it should.
Add on dehumidifiers – AC units pretty much functions like dehumidifiers. See, the way an AC operates, it doesn’t blow cold air into a room, but rather removes heat from it. It sucks the hot air and transfers it outside. The hot air is passed through cold coils where the moisture left in the air is turned to liquid as it exits your house – this is why you usually see windows dripping on the outside. To minimize the stress on your AC, why not install a house dehumidifier or just an air purifier. It is cheaper to run and can be used to run during moderate temperatures when it not necessary to run the AC. This makes it lasts a little longer and also minimizes your energy bills in the process.
Reduce heat loss – Yes, we are talking about air conditioning, and yes, we are also talking about heat loss here! Basically, heat loss is a term that is used when referring to how well you have insulated your home. There are things such as poor attic insulation and door and window gaps that lead to significant loss of heat in your home. The thing is, the more the controlled temperature escapes from your home through these spaces, the more the need for your AC to work to maintain the temperature. You need to have these spaces sealed, or install dual pane windows to keep as much controlled temperature as possible. This ensures that AC doesn’t overwork, which guarantees a longer lifespan.
As summer approaches, every homeowner wants to ensure that everything is in order, in terms of air conditioning. But since you are not a specialist, and you probably don’t know anything about your AC unit, it is possible that you won’t even tell if it has a problem or not. But the thing is, when your AC starts to malfunction, or has something faulty, it starts misbehaving. This means that if you pay attention, you will notice some signs. So, watch out for any of these signs, and if you see any of them, you need to call an AC technician immediately.
Warm air – If you feel warm air coming out of your vents, check the thermostat to make sure that it is on cooling mode. You can also set it lower than the temperature in your home. If you notice that nothing is changing and that warm air is still blowing out of your vents, then you may be dealing with a compressor issue or restricted airflow. These are problems that need to be looked at as soon as possible by a professional. After all, the cooling system in your home is super complex and it needs careful calibration, so you should never try DIY fixes.
Insufficient airflow – Having poor airflow in your home is a clear sign that your AC has a problem, or there a blockage preventing proper airflow through the ductwork. In this case, you may be dealing with a clogged filter, a broken motor, or a more serious issue waiting to ‘explode.’ This means that you need to call a professional right away to come to check it out. In addition to calling a technician, consider investing in an energy-recovery ventilator. This is because it boosts your air conditioning by replacing stale air with fresh air whenever the system cycles. What’s more, your AC benefits from zoning systems, ensuring that you will be getting proper airflow when you need it the most.
Your AC emits loud and strange noises – If anything, your AC is not supposed to make much noise, and also the heat pump is supposed to run silently. So, if you hear odd noises such as squealing, screeching, clanging, or any other sound, you should not ignore it, as it could be an indicator that there is a problem in your system that needs to be fixed.
Your indoor air is dusty – Whenever you notice dusty air coming out of the vents, you should know that it is not normal. In most cases, this is a sign that your ductwork is clogged by dust and debris. If this is the case, the airflow is greatly affected, which also means your indoor comfort is compromised. What all this means is that you need to get your ducts cleaned and checked by a professional, and ASAP!
Weak airflow from the vents – Nonexistent or weak airflow can be as a result of leaky ductwork or just a blower fan that’s no longer working. Whichever the case, you really need to have it checked by a professional, as it may affect your entire system if ignored. After all, it is a waste of money to have an AC system run and the regulated air isn’t reaching you.
Higher bills every time you run the AC system – This is the other issue that’s associated with faulty AC units. See, if in a particular month you realize that the utility bills were much higher than they should have been, then this is a clear indication that the AC has an issue that needs to be checked by an AC technician. Don’t just grit your teeth and bear the costs, because if there is a problem, it may escalate and you will pay much more to fix it or even replace it.
If your AC is short cycling – Let’s say after turning your AC unit on, it starts a cooling cycle, only for it to shut down just a few minutes later. Well, if you have been experiencing this with your unit, then there is no other possible explanation for this behavior other than it is faulty and it needs a complete check from an AC technician. You shouldn’t assume that maybe it is cooling your home faster than normal. You see, short-cycling is a problematic pattern, which if ignored, it greatly affects the general comfort in your home, costs you more money, and harms your system in the long run.
Having an inefficient air conditioning system in your home not only affects the air quality and general comfort indoors, but it will affect your wallet as well. Nobody wants these! As a homeowner, you want to be comfortable in your own home during the summer without having to pay an extra amount of money for it. But the thing is, all these don’t happen out the blue. You, as the homeowner, have to take a number of actions to enhance the efficiency of your AC system. But before we look at how you can improve the efficiency of AC, let’s understand a couple of other things first.
First, do air conditioners lose efficiency?
The answer to this one is a big yes! See, maybe you have noticed that your AC is kind of faulty and that it is not as efficient as it was once, and you don’t know what is happening with your system. If you are one of these individuals, then you should know that your system is losing efficiency - as there is no other description for these. And you know, there are a number of factors that could have resulted in this. They include:
Can one test the efficiency of an AC unit?
If you are unsure of whether your AC is losing efficiency or not, you can test it to be sure. There are three tests that you can subject your unit to, which will inform you of the general performance of the entire AC system. They are as follows:
If the AC is efficient enough, it should be able to cool the air by 15-20 degrees from the outdoor temperature. If it doesn’t, then know that there is a problem somewhere. Note, this test doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t hire a professional to carry out inspections on your system. If anything, the test only helps you to some extent, and you can’t rely on it for a long time.
So, how can you increase the efficiency of your home AC?
If your aim is to achieve optimal comfort from your AC unit, then you need to maintain it regularly. There is no shortcut when it comes to this. Anyway, here are the tips on how you can maximize the efficiency of your unit:
As humans, to have some peace of mind, we want everything around us to be perfect. This applies even to the HVAC systems in our homes. With the summer just around the corner, you want to ensure the air conditioning system is operating just fine. But sometimes, we are not sure how the AC unit really works. It seems to be working fine, or it is malfunctioning a little bit, but you just want to make sure that there are no underlying problems that may come up at the most critical moment – when you really need it to be working.
To ensure that there are no major problems with your AC, you need to know how to troubleshoot it. This is the only way you would know if the unit is functioning as it should, and that it is not on the verge of a breakdown. The not so fortunate aspect of this issue is the fact that not everyone knows how to troubleshoot an AC unit. But don’t worry, that’s why we are here.
Of course, when an AC unit malfunctions, the best thing to do is to call an AC technician to come to check it out. Nevertheless, there are some problems that you might be able to fix by yourself. They include the following:
When your AC fails to turn on – when your cooling system fails to turn on, take the following steps before you decide to involve a technician:
When your AC unit is not cooling – once your unit turns on, but fails to cool your home down, then in this case you may be dealing with a clogged condenser, filter, or improper thermostat settings. So, what you should do is:
When your AC is inefficient – we both know that for an AC unit to be efficient, it needs regular maintenance. But what if you do all these and still notice that the unit is inefficient, and it doesn’t cool your home as it should be doing? Well, then you should conduct the following checks:
Resetting your AC unit
Some issues with your AC – such as a black-out or power surge or an engaged circuit breaker – requires you to reset your thermostat. So:
If, after this procedure, your AC still won’t turn on, then the problem you are dealing with is bigger and will require the intervention of a qualified AC technician.
Talking of a reset button, it is important to note that not all AC units have a reset button. That means that in these units, you will have to reboot the unit manually, through the thermostat. Here is how it is done:
As we conclude, even though some of these issues can be fixed by the homeowners themselves, there is still significant importance in informing an AC technician about the problem, just to be on the safe side. So, if you suspect the problem with your unit is a bit deeper, call for help. This is for the safety and longevity of your air conditioning system.
1. Clean or replace air filters
In this day and age, cleaning or replacing air filters is a crucial aspect of HVAC maintenance. This is something that you can do by yourself and it will have a huge impact on how the entire system works, and how efficient it can be. So, when particulates and dust become clogged in the air filters, airflow is blocked, which in turn could force the equipment to use more energy and work harder so as to achieve the same temperatures. What’s more, clogged air filters release pollen and dust in the air, which can be deadly for people with asthma and allergies. Furthermore, more debris and dust in the system can cause damage over time. So, needless to say, considering all these, always ensure that the air filters are regularly cleaned, and if you find some filters that are malfunctioning, ensure that there are replaced immediately. Remember that you are after comfort, so ensure that you stop at nothing until you get it.
2. Regularly check the ventilation system
Let’s face it, if there are parts of the HVAC system that are often overlooked are the ductwork that transports heated air throughout the property and the vents that exhaust the air out. But you have to change this narrative. Have a professional inspect the vents and the ducts for any corrosion, holes, dislocated parts or clogs so that they can correct any potential problems that could affect the comfort conditions in your home. The repairs in the ventilation system may seem like an easy task, and that you can do it by yourself, but the truth is, it’s not recommended, as you may end up doing more harm than good. Get a professional technician to assess and fix any blocked flue or structural issue they may find in the system.
3. Clean all exterior components
When maintaining your HVAC system, keep in mind that the exterior components of your system, which includes rooftop units and condensers, needs similar attention to interior units. Possibly even more given that the exteriors are exposed to harsher elements. Always ensure that all the outdoor equipment are kept clear of snow and leaves, especially after a storm. For the area near the outdoor air intake, pay extra attention to it, as it supplies the whole system with air. If there is a source of contamination or any kind of blockage, the airflow in the entire building is affected. Ensure that your maintenance plan has an outdoor cleaning component several times a year. When you clean motors, coils and fan blades regularly, they operate more efficiently.
4. Check for mold
A moist area is ideal for mold to grow. In order to prevent it from growing, you should always check out for any signs if there is moisture where it shouldn’t be. And even though mold can be tough to get rid of, it is important to keep an eye on it as it poses potential health hazards for all the tenants in your building. Your HVAC maintenance plan should put more focus on inspecting the common places where moisture is known to thrive well. These areas include ventilation, drain lines, boilers, coils, shafts, and drain pans. When there is mold in these areas, regulation of air in the building is hindered, so regular maintenance is very important.
5. Worn parts should be proactively replaced
This is the essence of HVAC maintenance. Inspecting the condition of your system and also identifying the aging parts and replacing them is critical if your system is to maintain its effectiveness. Identifying the worn out parts and replacing them before they break is always the best way to prevent expensive and breakdowns. You should ensure that all the mechanical and electrical parts so as to give you an idea about the parts of the system that needs dire attention. A critical heating component that you should pay extra attention to is the ignition assembly. It is a critical part of the furnace, which if it gets damaged or dirty, it will cut off the heat. And when fan belts start to show signs of wear and tear, you should replace them as soon as possible to prevent breakdowns and to also ensure that the system is functioning efficiently.
6. Keep a maintenance calendar & get a contract
The heating system comes with many components, making it super complex. This is especially so when it comes to large buildings, in the sense that the number of components that you will have to keep track of can increase drastically. In this case, the best way to manage the maintenance of such kind of a system is by maintaining a calendar, which you will use to mark whenever you fix or replace anything on the system. This means that you will have an easier reference when you need any maintenance work done in the future. And as mentioned above, these systems are quite complex, you definitely need to hire a reputable heating contractor to maintain the heating system.
Electrical issues – electrical devices are pretty delicate and if they fail, they can trigger many issues. But by inspecting everything, from the wiring to the connections, you are able to prevent major problems that are most likely to occur, requiring commercial HVAC repair. Problems such as capacitor failure is one of the main problems that you will be preventing. Capacitors regulates the flow of power, so, if it fails, the entire system will fail as well, and it will be costly to fix. Still, something as common and innocuous as dust that collects in the fuse could also inhibit the flow of electricity thereby causing a system failure. To avoid all these, just ensure that you inspect everything regularly. You may spend a little amount of money to hire a professional technician to inspect and maintain your entire system, and avoid spending much more money in repairs in case the problem escalates.
Motor failures – any HVAC system has motors, which power fans blowing air over the condenser coil as well as in the evaporator coil. Now, if any of these motors was to break down, it could take down the entire system, requiring you to dig deep into your pocket. But with proper maintenance, which includes lubrication, inspecting motors, and also replacing worn out pulleys and belts, will keep your motors in their perfect conditions, and working as they should. This way, you will avoid the costly HVAC repairs that are as a result of neglect.
Refrigerant leaks – refrigerant doesn’t run out, you know, like car gas. A HVAC unit contains a coil that always contains the same amount of refrigerant that’s initially installed with. If the coil develops small holes or cracks, the refrigerant could leak, which means that you could be looking at a costly HVAC repair. However, regular maintenance saves you all these trouble. When grime or dust builds up in the coils, it leads to corrosion, resulting to holes and cracks which leaks refrigerant. So, before it gets to this point, let HVAC repair techs clean your system at minimal costs, and avoid the expensive repairs that you may be required to do if the problem gets out of hand.
Water leaks – a HVAC unit draws water from the air via the evaporator coil, which is how it functions. When functioning normally, the water collected runs down the drain line in the coil, where it is later collected in a drain pan. The water should not cause visible moisture or leak, so if you see a suspicious sign that it’s leaking, then a HVAC repair may be necessary to fix it. Water leaks can occur due to a number of reasons. First, as water goes down the coils, it collects dust and grime and brings it to the drain pan. And if the drain pan or line is clogged, then draining of water may be hindered and can overflow.
If your HVAC system is installed in the basement, then you may need a pump to pump the water collected out, increasing the burden to the homeowner if it was to start malfunctioning. Secondly, improper installation can also lead to water leaks. In any commercial building, any vibrations is enough to disrupt and disconnect a drain line that’s installed poorly, resulting to spillage of the collected water, which in turn destroys your floors, ceilings and walls, which will require a lot of money to repair.
But you can hire a professional technician to maintain your system at minimal costs, which will go a long way in ensuring that your systems becomes more efficient and also prevent the need for system repair, which is costly.
Frozen coils – in the event that an evaporator gets frozen, it could cause so much damage, which includes water damage and compressor failure. So, if you see an ice or a frost in you AC unit, then you should know that commercial HVAC repairs are needed to fix the problem. The reason why coils freezes is, for instance, when a motor breaks or even runs too slowly, due to a refrigerant leak or air flow problems. However, regular maintenance ensures that the coils and the motors are in good working conditions. All you need to do is to spend just a little amount of money to hire a professional who will inspect and clean everything and will also be able to fix the tiny things that are broken, preventing the situation from escalating into frozen coils, which will, as a result, require a complete HVAC repair.
Control problems – if you find that your system isn’t reaching the temperature that you’ve set, then you can narrow down the problem to your thermostat. If the thermostat fails to register accurate readings, chances are that it is sending the wrong signals to your system. Regular maintenance by a HVAC professional enables them to diagnose any potential control issues and also recalibrate the thermostats. This boosts efficiency for the entire system, and also ensures that system control issues are detected early thereby preventing serious damages that may cost a fortune to fix.