Don’t Put Off AC Repairs
Please, do not continue to use your air conditioner if you know it needs to be repaired. Consider these important reasons that AC Repairs should not be ignored.
Typical Air Conditioner Problems
- The air is not cold (enough). If the blower motor pushes air throughout the house but the air is not cool, one or more repairs are needed. It might be as simple as changing a dirty filter, but certainly, you have checked this. If the filter is clean, the trouble could be an electrical problem or a coolant problem. Most homeowners have neither the expertise to diagnose the problem nor the equipment needed to solve the problem. Distribution of most refrigerant gases used in HVAC systems is restricted to licensed technicians. These problems will not go away by themselves but require technical attention.
- Performance is inconsistent. If the air is not consistently cool, it may indicate wear and tear on electrical components, leading to stress on the entire system. When the outdoor temperature is extreme, the system works hard to meet the demand. As with any mechanical system, stress will focus on the weakest component parts—often small switches or sensors. When failure is intermittent, a homeowner will find the problem very difficult to diagnose. These problems will not go away by themselves but require technical attention.
- High humidity/low air quality. An important function of your air conditioner is to remove humidity from the air. Humidity not only makes the air and surfaces feel “sticky,” but also reduces the growth of mold and mildew. If the air seems cool but remains very humid, the issue is most likely a coolant gas problem. Recharging the refrigerant must be completed by a licensed professional. This problem will not go away by itself but requires technical attention.
While your HVAC system is complex and uses computer technology, rebooting the system by turning it off, waiting a few seconds, and turning it back on does not solve the problems.
Year-round Heat Pump Use
Modern HVAC systems use heat pump technology for both air conditioning AND heating. The refrigerant gas, mentioned above, moves heat from the air inside the home to the outside, for air conditioning. The same system moves what warm air it can find outside to the inside for heating. Usually, there is a backup heating system for those times when outside heat is hard to find.
This is important information for homeowners who consider waiting until the spring to fix an ailing air conditioner. While you might still have a heating source, a more energy-efficient source of heating is missing.
Ignored Problems Can Get Worse
If you have read this far, you understand that air conditioner problems are not fleeting glitches; they continue until addressed, usually by an HVAC technician. If the system is under stress and you continue to use it, you are inviting further problems, including the possibility of catastrophic failure. When that happens, instead of a minor repair, you may be facing a system replacement.
Also, repairing your air conditioner during the off-season makes sense; waiting until you desperately need the air conditioner is poor planning. Your AC technician will have more schedule availability now than waiting until the spring.
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