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We are reaching the end of summer, and so far, so good your air conditioner is working fine. But what should you do before next year’s heatwave? The best you can do is to have your unit serviced to make sure that everything is working properly and avoid calling out an AC repair company.
But even a well-serviced unit can break down and need an AC repair company, but who do you turn to help? Many people in Arlington, TX turn to One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth (including service to Arlington, TX) for a quality and affordable AC repair company. If you check all the positive reviews online, you can see why!
How Does an Air Conditioner Work?
Not everyone understands how an air conditioner works, but working knowledge can help explain why things can go wrong and what you can do to help avoid them. The major components are the compressor, evaporator coils, condenser, and cooling fins. The compressor and evaporator coils are located inside your property, and the condenser and cooling fins are outside.
These are all linked by a copper pipe that contains the coolant. A fan extracts the warm air from inside your property and blows it over the evaporator coils. The coolant inside the coils removes the heat from the warm air and the now cooler air is blown back inside your property. As it absorbs the heat the coolant changes from a cold liquid to a warm gas.
The compressor pumps this warm gas through the condenser and cooling fins, and the heat is transferred to the outside air. Another fan helps this process by blowing the outside air over the condenser and fins. The warm gas is changed back into a cool liquid and continues back to the evaporator coils and repeats this cycle.
Warning Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs An AC Repair Company
It Costs More to Run
As the air conditioner gets older the unit will get more expensive to run, the normal wear and tear will reduce the efficiency of each component, meaning that they will have to work harder (particularly in a sweltering TX summer to maintain the temperature. As they work harder each component will use more energy driving up your bills. The components will also get hotter and be more likely to overheat and need an AC repair company.
Reduced Cooling Effect from Your Unit
Without the right amount of coolant in it, the air conditioner will not work effectively, so that the evaporator coils will not extract as much heat from the warm air as it passes over them. This reduces the cooling effect of your unit and fails to keep your home comfortable.
Humidity Levels Have Increased
The reduced cooling effect will mean warmer air will be blown back into your property. Warmer air contains more moisture than colder air so the humidity levels will increase. An indicator of this issue is water on the inside of windows and glass doors.
Frost Begins to Form on The Evaporator Coils
Low levels of coolant will mean that the evaporator coil will not receive as much heat from the warm air and frost and ice will start to form on the coils. Another cause of frost and ice starting to form on the coils is reduced warm airflow.
This could be due to several factors including dirty air filters and faulty fans. This problem is usually sorted by regular service, but if ignored the frost and ice could build up and the coils could completely freeze. The air conditioner will need to be turned off for up to 24 hours (or more) to allow the coils to thaw, not a good situation to be in because it damages the coils and will leave you and your family sweating on a hot summer’s day. Continuing to use the unit may result in it shutting down and the immediate need for an AC repair company.
AC Drain Line Is Blocked
The drain pan and AC drain line could be blocked by mold and mildew growing in them. To prevent this, they need to be cleaned regularly and this is done during routine service. Another cause of the AC drain line blocking is dirt and leaves clogging the line outside your home. If your air condenser shuts down this could be the reason, so it is always worth checking the AC line before you call for an AC repair company.
If the drain pan and AC drain line are blocked, you may have mildew growing in them and this could explain any smell of mold around your home. You need to be careful as mold spores will be entering your home, lowering air quality and causing health problems to vulnerable individuals.
Other smells could be due to overheating components or because of solder burning due to loose wiring or connections in the electrical circuits. Any burning smell needs to be acted on as there is an increased risk of fire. You need to call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth for the best AC repair company in Arlington. If you see sparks, call the fire department immediately.
Your Air Ducts Are Leaking
It has been estimated that up to 30 percent of the energy output from your air conditioner is lost through leaky air ducts. That means three out of every ten dollars spent running your unit is lost through damaged ducts and joints. There is an increased risk of needing an AC repair company as the unit is working harder to maintain the temperature you have set it to.
Thermostats Are Not Calibrated
A thermostat needs to be calibrated and correctly placed to make your air conditioner more efficient. A thermostat placed in direct sunlight will mislead your unit into thinking the temperature is higher than it is. One placed near an open window will have the same effect.
Older dial-type thermostats need to be recalibrated more often, and it may be better to have one of One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth technicians replace it with a new programmable one.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth a Trusted Air Conditioning Company
We have been providing quality air services to the people of Arlington, TX for many years. To offer a speedy AC repair service during the hot Texas summers we always have NATE-trained technicians on standby. Once we are at your property, we will not leave your home until you and your family are safe. But whatever your air conditioner needs, call us today for professional and affordable work!