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Anybody who lives in Keller, TX, will know just how hot it can get during the summer. On a sweltering day, the temperature will often climb above 100 degrees. The evening brings little respite as temperatures remain above 70 degrees. Humidity levels are also high, and the air conditioner needs to be on all the time for many to cope. As a result, air conditioners are more likely to break down during this time and need an AC repair.
Once an air conditioner breaks down, life inside your home will start to get tough. Temperatures and humidity will rapidly rise, and you will need to open your windows to let air in. This will further reduce air quality. You must be able to find an AC repair company that has skilled, licensed, and insured technicians who are available 24/7 to quickly arrive at your home to fix the problem. You need One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
How to Prevent an AC Repair
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth believes that the best way to ensure the safe running of your air conditioner is by arranging a regular service. This is best done during a quieter period like early spring. The many checks performed during the service will make sure that each component is running efficiently which will also reduce your energy bills. After the service, you will be more confident that your unit will work properly and not need an AC repair during the summer.
Signs of Problems with Your Air Conditioner
Most problems that can occur with an air conditioner will be dealt with during service. But it is worth keeping an eye open for the following:
- You see frost on the evaporator coils
- Reduced cooling effect
- Humidity levels are increased
- Increased energy bills
- You see water inside your air conditioner or on the floor around it
Ignoring these signs is likely to lead to an AC repair, but if you can take remedial action, you could avoid this.
You See Frost on The Evaporator Coils
Warm air is extracted from your home by a fan and is then blown over the evaporator coils. The coolant within the coils then absorbs heat from the warm air, which is now cooled and blown back into your home. The evaporator coils need a constant supply of warm air blown over them to work properly or else frost and ice can start to form on them.
If this situation is ignored the evaporator coils could eventually freeze and you will need to turn the air conditioner off and allow it to thaw. Your air conditioner could be out of action for up to 24 hours. If the coils keep freezing it will finally break down and need an AC repair from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth serving Keller, TX.
There are some things you can do to avoid the frost and ice forming. You can check the air filters to see if they are dirty. If they are then replace or clean them. Dirty air filters will restrict the warm air flowing over the evaporator coil. Replacing or cleaning the coil will also improve the air quality in your home by stopping any dirt particles or pollen. This is a service included in our routine subscription package so you would not have to worry about this chore.
Listen to hear if the fan sounds strange, a faulty fan will also restrict the airflow over the coils. Coolant levels in the coil can also lead to frost and ice forming, there is little you can do about this, but a service will pick this up and the system will be recharged.
Reduced or Weak Cooling Effect
Low coolant levels will mean less cooling effect from your air conditioner. With less coolant in the evaporator coils, they will not be able to absorb as much heat from the warm air. The air that has been blown back into your home will be warmer. The faulty fan and dirty air filter will also reduce the cooling effect.
Humidity Levels Are Increased
Warm air contains more moisture than cold air, If the air blown back into your home is warmer than you expect, it will contain more moisture and will feel more humid. A tell-tell sign of this is water on the inside of your windows and glass throughout your home.
Increased Energy Bills
Any problem with one component in your air conditioner will impact the others. As the evaporator coil starts to freeze the other components will start to work harder to maintain the temperature that you have selected.
A component that works harder will use more energy and drive up your energy costs. As the different parts of the air conditioner work hard making it hotter, increasing the chance that it will burn out and need an AC repair.
You See Water Inside Your Air Conditioner or on the Floor Around it
The water could be due to a loose water connection inside your air conditioner. Any water inside your unit could cause a short circuit, meaning you will need an AC repair. Another cause could be a blocked AC drain line.
As heat is absorbed by the evaporator coil, water is deposited in a drain pan. The water then flows outside your home through the AC drain line. Mildew and algae could grow in the drain pan and AC drain line and block either or both. The water in the drain pan will overflow into the air conditioner and then onto the floor.
A blocked AC drain line could cause the air conditioner to shut down, so it may be worth checking outside to see if it is blocked by leaves or dirt. Removing the debris might restart the air conditioner and save you from an unnecessary AC repair. Any moldy smell in your home could be due to the moss and mildew in the drain pan or AC line.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Company
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth has been servicing the people of Keller, TX for many years. We realize how important it is to offer a speedy repair service during the hot Texas summers and that is why we have technicians available 24/7 waiting for your call! We are happy to help you at affordable prices!