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Keller, TX has long hot, and humid summers. Should your air conditioner break down this can become a dangerous time for those looking after young children or elderly relatives. Without a working air conditioner, life can soon get unbearable very quickly. The deteriorating air quality will also impact those suffering from chronic breathing conditions such as asthma. You must locate a dependable AC repair company and have a trained technician around quickly to sort out any AC repair.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth serving Keller, TX is such a company, and we have a highly skilled team of technicians available to help you 24/7.
How Does an Air Conditioner Work?
Like most devices, we are often only concerned with appliances when they break down and need repairing. Understanding how an air conditioner works is a good step to identifying a pending problem.
The air conditioner has several major components the evaporator coil, compressor, condenser, and cooling fins. They are connected by a circuit of copper tubing that contains the coolant. The compressor acts as a pump causing the coolant to flow around the circuit. A fan extracts the warm air from your home and blows it over the evaporator coil. The liquid coolant in the coil removes the heat from the warm air and the now cooler air is blown back into your home.
The liquid coolant now is transformed into a warm gas. This warm gas is passed outside your home and through the condenser and cooling fins. Heat is then radiated away, aided by another fan blowing outside air over the condenser and cooling fins, and the coolant is now turned back into a cold liquid. The coolant continues its cycle back inside your home to the evaporator coil. This is a similar arrangement to how a freezer cools your food.
A Regular Service Will Help to Avoid an AC Repair
Just as your car needs a regular tune-up so does your air conditioner. We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth recommend that you book your service before summer begins. This will ensure that your unit is working safely and efficiently. This will not only reduce your energy bills but will give you peace of mind knowing that there is less chance that it will break down and need an AC repair.
What to Be On the Lookout For
Our air conditioners work hard all summer long delivering cool air and reducing humidity, to keep us safe. But we do take them for granted. Spotting certain warning signs can prevent imminent problems, which if it is ignored, then will lead to an AC repair. These signs include:
- Frost forming on the evaporator coil.
- Higher than expected energy bills.
- Reduced cooling power from your unit.
- Increased humidity
- Pools of water forming around the unit.
Frost Forming on the Evaporator Coil
Frost and ice can form on the evaporator coil for several reasons. The coil will need constant warm airflow over it, without it, you will start to see frost and ice starting to form on it. If left the coil will eventually freeze and you will need to turn the air conditioner off to allow the coil to thaw.
A frozen coil can often take up to 24 hours to thaw, a length of time you do not want your unit down for. Dirty air filters are one cause of reduced airflow and these need to be cleaned or replaced regularly. Another cause is a faulty fan will not provide enough warm air to flow over the coil either.
The evaporator coil will also need to be cleaned regularly, as any dirt will act as an insulating layer so reducing the rate at which heat is transferred to the coolant. This reduced heat transfer will also cause the coil to start freezing over. Cleaning the evaporator coil and air filters is part of any service from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth and will reduce the risk of an AC repair.
Higher Than Expected Energy Bills
If the evaporator coil is allowed to freeze, then the other components in the air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same cooling effect. Any component that overworks will use more energy and so increase your utility bills. There is also a greater chance that the component will overheat and burn out so needing an AC repair.
Reduced Cooling Power from Your Unit
Each air conditioner will need an optimum level of coolant to work efficiently. If the coolant level is reduced due to a leak, then so is the amount of cooling coming from your unit. Low coolant levels will reduce the amount of heat absorbed from the warm air and so the air blown back into your room will be warmer. You will need a skilled technician from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth to undertake an AC repair, finding and fixing the leak, and then recharging the air conditioner.
Increased Humidity Levels in Your Home
The warmer the air the larger the amount of moisture it can hold. As the warm air is cooled it will lose this moisture. If the amount of air blown back into your home is warmer than you expect then so will the level of humidity in your home.
Pools of Water Around the Unit
The excess moisture from the warm air is collected in the drain pan. This then flows outside via an AC drain line. The moisture in the AC drain can cause mold and algae to grow and block the drain line and pan. The drip pan starts to fill up eventually overflowing into your unit and then to your floor. This also has the effect of increasing the humidity level in your home. Any water in the air conditioner will cause damage.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth Serving the People of Keller, TX
We at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth understand how vital it is to have a technician arrive quickly should your air conditioner break down. Our highly trained technicians are ready at all hours of the day or night to take your call. Should anything happen to your air conditioner we will be around as soon as possible to provide any AC repair.