We know that during a typical summer, temperatures will often rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Southlake, TX. Homes will become unpleasant places to live if the air conditioner fails. A poorly maintained air conditioner will allow more dust and pollen to enter your home, causing distress for people with asthma or other respiratory problems.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth appreciates just how important it is to have dependable air conditioning, during a hot Texas summer. The best way you can achieve this is to have a regular air conditioning service for your unit.
Why Do You Need an Air Conditioning Service?
It may be tempting to skip an air conditioning service to save money, but this is a false economy. The average AC repair bill is between 200 to 300 dollars, as well as all the inconvenience in trying to find somebody to come out and fix it. You want peace of mind during the long summer months when your air conditioner is working at its hardest. An air conditioner service will provide that peace of mind and ensure that your unit is working at its most energy-efficient, saving you on energy bills.
Signs That You Need an Air Conditioning Service
The following warning signs should set alarm bells ringing:
- Weak or no cold air from the unit.
- Reduced air quality.
- High humidity levels.
- Unusual noises and smells coming from the unit.
- Higher than expected energy bills.
- The pooling of water inside or around the unit
What Causes These Problems?
A badly calibrated or placed thermostat will cause you to have higher energy bills. If the thermostat is placed in direct sunlight, it will consider the temperature to be hotter than it is. This will cause the AC unit to work harder, resulting in your rooms been colder than they need to be. This will mean higher-than-expected energy bills for you.
Open Windows and Doors
The best way to control the temperature in your home with the air conditioner on is to keep your windows and doors closed. When they are shut cool air will circulate evenly across the rooms in your home. A thermostat placed near an open window will have warm air blowing over it and will cool the room more than it there is a need to.
Not Enough Coolant
The coolant removes the excess heat and humidity from the air. Low levels of coolant will mean less heat can be removed from the air. This will lead to less cold air coming from the unit and cause the other components in your AC unit to hard harder to maintain the room temperature. Harder working units mean higher energy and an increased chance that they will burn out. This could explain any strange burning smells coming from the unit and you need to call us straight away as there is a risk of fire.
Frost and Ice Forming on The Evaporator Coils
Frost and ice forming on the coils could be because of dirty air filters restricting the airflow across them. Air filters need to be regularly cleaned or replaced, and this will have the added benefit of improving air quality as less dirt and pollen will enter your home.
Reduced levels of coolant could also cause the coil to start freezing and so will any dirt layer that has accumulated on the coil. The changing of air filters, checking coolant levels, and cleaning the evaporator coils are part of any air conditioning service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
Dirty Condenser and Cooling Fins
Your condenser and cooling fins are located outside the building and will get covered in dirt and grime and even has moss and weeds growing on them. These also will need to be cleaned regularly as any dirt layer will reduce the rate at which the heat from the warm air inside your home is transferred outside. If less heat is transferred to the outside air, then the cooling effect of the AC unit is reduced.
Leaking Air Ducts
Air ducts need to be routinely inspected to ensure that the joint seals or the ducts themselves are not damaged. Any holes will mean that cool air will escape into the crawlway. It is estimated that up to 30% of your AC unit’s energy is lost in this way. It may be a good idea to have your air duct inspected and cleaned when you have an air conditioning service. This will mean fewer dirt particles and pollen in your air.
Blocked AC Drain Line
Warm air contains more moisture than colder air. As the warm air is cooled it will lose a lot of its moisture, which will be deposited in the drain pan and leave your home via the AC drain line. Unless cleaned the AC drain could be blocked by mold growing in the line. With nowhere to go the water will overflow the drain pan and spill into the AC unit and onto your floor. This could increase the level of humidity in your home.
Problems with Fans
One fan in your AC unit will blow warm indoor air over the evaporator coil to cool it and another will blow outdoor air over the cooling fins to remove the excess heat. Any reduction in the fan’s efficiency will reduce the airflow and cause the evaporator coil to freeze or the condenser to overheat. Faulty fans are often the source of any strange noises coming from the AC unit. Any clunking sound could mean a loose or bent blade striking the inner parts of your unit. A loud screeching sound usually means that a fan belt is worn out or the bearings in the motor are coming to the end of their useful lives. A regular air conditioning service from One Hour will help you avoid an expensive repair.
One Hour, a Reliable Air Conditioning Service Company
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth has proudly served the city of Southlake, TX. for many years. Whether you need an air conditioning service, repair or installation please call One Hour without delay, we are always ready to help you.