Your home's heating and air conditioning system keeps the house cool or warm and comfortable. If at any time an issue arises, you may be left overheated during the summer months or cold during the winter months. The best way you can prevent issues is with routine maintenance and understanding some of the most common issues that you may run into. Keep reading to learn some of these common problems with HVAC units.
Dirty Condenser Coils
The condenser coil can be found outside the home close to the compressor. Due to the fact that it is located outside, it is subjected to the elements. Dirt, rain, snow, ice, and various other elements may cause damage or cause build up over a period of time. It is important that you clean the condenser coil once annually. If you fail to do this, a dirty condenser coil can result in numerous issues with the air conditioning unit.
Neglected Air Filters
The air filter's job is to catch dirt, pollen, allergens, and other debris and airborne particles before the cooled air is able to reach your space. Over a period of time, all of this debris builds up in the filter and causes a clog. This can result in reduced air quality and cleanliness as well as a harder working HVAC system that will need to consume more energy in order to keep your home cool and comfortable. To prevent issues like this, it is important to clean and/or replace your air filters at least on time every three months (once every season).
Improper Refrigerant Levels
The compressor is the primary component of the HVAC system. It heavily relies on refrigerant to prevent the system from overheating and ensure the air cools properly. In the event that the system does not have a proper amount of refrigerant, there is a risk of the unit running too hot while it is in operation. Over time, this can result in the entire HVAC system malfunctioning. However, on the other hand, if the compressor is overcharged, it may run sluggishly. This can occur when the refrigerant liquid overflows and gets into the compressor.
If you can familiarize yourself with some of the most common problems that you may experience with your HVAC unit, you may be able to prevent your unit from failing completely, leading to expensive repairs and possibly even a replacement.
For more information, reach out to a company like Nick Dolinic Heating & Cooling.