Keeping air conditioning systems in good working order ensures your home remains comfortable during hot days. When your system is experiencing issues that make it harder to cool your home, there are basic steps you should take to attempt to repair these issues.
Clean Or Replace Air Filters
Dirty or clogged air filters restrict airflow through your HVAC system. This constricted airflow causes it to work harder, and it inhibits its ability to regulate the temperature in your home. This issue decreases the unit's efficiency and puts extra strain on its components, potentially leading to breakdowns and a shortened lifespan. In addition, if your filters are unclean, dust and allergens will move around your home, lowering the quality of the air you breathe.
Cleaning or replacing air filters is a relatively simple task for most homeowners. To clean a reusable filter, remove it from the unit and gently rinse it with water to remove accumulated debris before allowing it to dry completely. If you have disposable filters, replace them every couple of months depending on usage and environmental factors such as pet dander or pollen levels.
Check And Clean Coils
The evaporator coil inside your unit absorbs heat from the surrounding air, while the condenser coil outside dissipates this heat outdoors through refrigerant circulation. Over time, dirt can accumulate on these coils reducing their ability to transfer heat effectively, which results in decreased energy efficiency of the entire system.
It is important to take precautions before cleaning evaporator coils at home. Ensure that the power supply to the AC unit is turned off. To clean the coil surface, use a soft brush or fin comb to gently remove debris without causing any damage. However, cleaning condenser coils requires more caution as they are located outside and may be exposed to more dirt, debris, and foliage.
Inspect Wiring And Components
Before you inspect your air conditioning system's wiring, always turn off the circuit breaker or fuse box to prevent electrical hazards. It's also a good idea to use rubber gloves when working with electrical components as an added layer of protection.
During an inspection of your AC system, it is vital to check some common electrical components. These include the capacitor, which should be inspected for bulging or leaking, which may indicate a malfunction. Additionally, the contactor should be checked for signs of wear or pitting on the contact surfaces. If any damaged or faulty components are found, an HVAC professional can effectively complete the repairs or replacements.
To learn more, contact an AC system repair service.