The last thing anybody wants in Southlake, TX, is for their air conditioner to break down on a hot summer’s day. Living conditions in your home will soon get sticky and hot. The temperature and humidity will rise, and the air quality will quickly deteriorate.
If you suffer from or are looking after somebody who suffers from a respiratory condition such as asthma, conditions will rapidly become dangerous.
It is important to find a reputable AC repair company, one that has NATE-certified technicians available around the clock, ready to help you by repairing your air conditioner quickly. Such an AC repair company is One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth.
How You Can Avoid Calling An AC Repair Company
Your air conditioner or HVAC is probably one of the costliest pieces of equipment you have in your home. If it is working properly, we rarely give it a second thought, that is until it goes wrong. Is there anything we can do to prevent a call to an AC repair company? We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth, think that there is. We recommend to all our customers that they have their air conditioner or HVAC undergo an annual service.
The service represents good value compared to the cost of calling out an AC repair which can run into hundreds of dollars. After the service, your unit will be running more efficiently by reducing your energy bills.
Any problems will be picked up and can be remediated before they can cause a breakdown. If you schedule your service before the summer season starts, you will have extra peace of mind knowing that there is less chance your unit will break down when you will be needing it most.
Be on The Lookout for Warning Signs
You can almost rely on an air conditioner or HVAC breaking down at the most inconvenient time. But, if you keep an eye open for the following warning signs, you may be able to take action to prevent an emergency call to an Ac repair company.
Your Unit Is Short Cycling
Most units have a cooling cycle that repeats every twenty minutes or so. The cycle consists of the condenser switching on for ten minutes and then turning itself off for a further ten minutes. This allows for the correct cooling effect for your home and allows time for the humidity to fall.
During short cycling the condenser will switch off early, reducing the cooling effect so that your home is warmer and more humid. There are many causes for short cycling, including low coolant levels, frozen evaporator coils, and dirty air filters restricting the airflow over the coils. A service will deal with these issues and help avoid the need to call an AC repair company.
You See Frost Forming on the Evaporator Coils
It seems strange to see frost and ice building up on the evaporator coils during the hot summer. The coils will freeze if they do not receive enough heat. The heat comes from the warm air extracted from your home by a fan, which is then blown over the coils. A fault with the fan or dirty air filters will restrict the flow of warm air.
Another cause for the coils freezing over is any coolant leak from your unit. The coolant absorbs the heat from the warm air, and less coolant means less cooling.
If the evaporator coils freeze, your unit will shut down and you will have to wait up to 24-hours to allow the coils to thaw. All these items will be inspected during the service, with coolant level levels topped up if necessary and dirty air filters cleaned or replaced. Such preventative action will reduce the risk that your unit will break down and need an AC repair company.
High Energy Bills
In the height of summer, you expect your energy bills to start going up, but if they increase by more than you expect, it could be down to your air conditioner or HVAC. Despite having an annual service your unit will get less efficient as it gets older. An older component will use more energy as it has suffered wear and tear. It will be more prone to overheating and burnout requiring an AC repair company.
An older unit will produce a lesser cooling effect and need more maintenance work to keep going. If your unit is over ten years old, it may be time to consider having a replacement. Initially, it will not be a cheap option, but your investment will pay for itself over time, as your energy costs fall.
Selecting the right-sized unit for your home is vital, as choosing too powerful a unit will cool your home down quickly and not allow enough time to remove the humidity. Let One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth help you select and install the best unit for you.
Higher Humidity Levels in Your Home
Warmer air contains more moisture than cooler air. The warmer the air inside your home, the more moisture it will contain and so the more humid it will feel.
Puddles of Water on the Floor
When the heat is removed from the warm air by the evaporator coil, the now cooler air deposits the excess water into the drain pan. The water now makes its way outside your home through the AC drain line. The increased moisture in the drain line can encourage the growth of moss and algae and cause a blockage.
The water in the drain pan has nowhere to go and overflows into the air conditioner or HVAC. This water could result in an electrical short needing an AC repair company. But it will lead to increased humidity levels in your home.
Keeping Everyone in Southlake, TX Cool and Safe
Most of the problems highlighted above will be dealt with during a regular service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth. But even the best-maintained air conditioner and HVAC will break down occasionally. Whatever your hot or cold air needs you can rest assured that we at One Hour will be on standby ready to help!