When you bought your house, one of the biggest selling
points was the sunroom. And with the warmer months here, you can take full
advantage of this space, allowing you to enjoy summer weather while avoiding
insects and rain.
Imagine you’re running in a 10-mile foot race. (We realize
you might be wondering what air conditioning companies know about running.
Please bear with us.)
You’re at the starting line, the whistle blows and you begin
sprinting as fast as you can. You’re leading the pack…for a little while,
anyway. Then your energy saps and you have to rest until you can run again.
During the all-too-brief lull between the chill of late
winter and the heat of summer, spring offers a little bit of a rest.
You might find that you can spend a few weeks with the heat
off, the windows open and your home full of fresh air.
That doesn’t mean your heating and cooling system is off the
hook. You might still encounter these springtime HVAC problems, which will need
to be addressed if you want your air conditioning to function this summer.
1. Dirty air conditioner coils
It’s easy for these coils – both internal and external – to
become dirty. The evaporator coils inside the air conditioner can collect dirt
and dust as the air from your home moves past.
And the outdoor condenser coils can collect dust and dirt
during the winter. It’s possible to rinse these coils off, although they’ll
often need a more serious scrubbing with a coil cleaner and a brush. You may
want to leave this task to a professional AC company when you have maintenance
2. Wear and tear on your refrigerant lines
The outdoor lines that transmit refrigerant through your AC
system can develop leaks over time. And the insulation covering the cool line
can become worn. You should have these lines inspected each year to make sure
they’re in decent shape, which will ensure proper cooling.
3. A clog in the condensate drain
As your AC system pulls in air, this air passes the
evaporator coils. Moisture from the air condenses on the coils, then drains
through the condensate pan and drain. But like all drains, this one can become
clogged and sludgy.
You can tell if you have a clogged condensate drain when you
see pools of water under the unit or hear water dripping inside. Rinse the pan
with bleach and remove the clog to restore order. Again, a professional AC
company can advise you on the best way to do this.
4. A surprisingly high electric bill
This last point is something that you might not notice until summer, so why not address the problem now? The spike you’re seeing in your energy bill might be the result of something as simple as a clogged, dirty cooling filter, which is causing your system to work harder than it needs to.
As we’ve said before, these lulls in between the months when
your heater or AC will be in high demand are the perfect time to schedule
maintenance on your system.
With routine maintenance, you’ll:
Keep your system from breaking down when you need it most – Your AC company can look for the issues we’ve mentioned above, lubricate moving parts and fix any loose or worn electrical connections.
Cut down on your energy bill – Regular maintenance can reduce your monthly energy bill. When all the parts of your HVAC system are working properly, your heater and air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to do their jobs.
Extend the life of your system – Just as regular oil changes and inspections keep your car running longer, routine HVAC maintenance will help your system last for several years.
Don’t wait until June’s first heat wave to find out whether
your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping you cool. Contact All Seasons
Comfort Control to schedule maintenance on your system.