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Locally, during a typical summer, temperatures will often rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Should your air conditioner break down your home will quickly become an unbearable place to live. Temperatures inside your home will quickly increase and the air quality will also deteriorate. This will be a stressful time especially if you are looking after very young children or the elderly. For those suffering from any breathing conditions such as Asthma, these can be dangerous times.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth serving Southlake, TX, understands how vital it is to have dependable air conditioning, during a summer heatwave. That is why we have a dedicated team ready to respond to any air conditioning emergency. They are ready 24/7 to quickly come to your aid. To avoid a breakdown, we strongly recommend that you have a regular air conditioning service for your unit.
Why Is It Necessary to Have an Air Conditioning Service?
It is a false economy to save money by not having an air conditioning service. An average repair bill will set you back several hundred dollars, then there is the aggravation in trying to find a technician to come out to fix your unit. An air conditioning service will give you extra peace of mind when your air conditioner is working its hardest in the heart of Southlake, TX. Not only will it be working safely, but it will also be running more efficiently and saving you money on energy bills by reducing wear and tear on the components.
What Happening During an Air Conditioning Service?
A team member of One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth technicians will go over your air conditioning system searching for wear and tear, odd sounds, or failing components. It could be that a component will need a repair, but it will be cheaper to deal with now, than during another call out, particularly in the middle of summer. Another aspect of the service will be to give your system a thorough clean.
Some of the most important checks during an air conditioning service are:
- Check the coolant levels and repair any leaks.
- Clean the evaporator coil.
- Clean or change any dirty air filters.
- Check the indoor and outdoor fans.
- Clean the condenser and cooling fins.
- Recalibrate any thermostats.
- Clean the AC drain line and drain pan.
- Check for any loose connections or solder in the electrical circuits.
Checking Coolant Levels
The coolant removes the excess heat and humidity from the air in your home. The warm air is extracted from your home and blown by the indoor fan over the evaporator coil. Without enough coolant, the evaporator coil will absorb less heat from the warm air and produce a lesser cooling effect. The air blown back into your home will be warmer than you would like and will increase the humidity in your home.
Cleaning the Evaporator Coil
Any dirt that accumulates on the evaporator coil will act as an insulating layer and reduces the rate at which the coolant absorbs heat from the warm air. This could lead to frost and ice forming on the coil. Should you ignore these signs there is a chance that the coil will freeze. The air conditioner will need to be turned off to allow the coil to thaw. This could take up to 24 hours, a length of time you do not want your conditioner to be out of action.
Clean or Change Dirty Air Filters
Dirty air filters will reduce the airflow over the evaporator coil and will allow more dirt particles to enter your home, degrading air quality. Cleaning or changing a dirty air filter is a job you can do yourself but is a part of any air conditioning service from One Hour.
Checking the Fans
There is also a fan located outside your home, to blow outside air over the condenser and cooling fins. This is how the excess heat from the coolant is removed from your home. An issue with the fan will reduce the airflow over the cooling fins, less heat is removed from the coolant, and this reduces the cooling effect of your air conditioner. The condenser will also be hotter leading to it burning out.
Cleaning the Condenser and Cooling Fins
The condenser and cooling fins are located outside your home and will get covered with dirt and grime. This layer acts as an insulating layer so reducing the rate at which heat is transferred between the coolant and the outside air. This means the condenser and cooling fins will need to be cleaned.
Recalibrating the Thermostats
A badly calibrated thermostat will cause you to have higher energy bills and so will a badly placed one. For example, if a thermostat is placed in direct sunlight, it will record a higher temperature and cause your air conditioner to work harder to maintain the selected temperature.
Cleaning the AC Drain Line and Drain Pan
Warm air will contain more moisture than colder air. As the warm air is cooled by the coolant this moisture will be deposited in the drain pan and will later exit your home via the AC drain line. Mold and algae can grow in both the pan and drain line, and if not cleaned could block the AC drain line.
Checking the Electrical Circuits
Any loose solder or electrical connection could cause a short circuit or even give rise to a burning smell. At this point, you should call One Hour as there is an increased risk of fire.
Other Warning Signs That You Have Problems
Often the first sign of a pending problem is that you have a larger than expected energy bill. Any problem with one component in your air conditioner will mean that the other parts will need to work harder to compensate for the malfunction. Harder working components are more likely to overheat and burn out, leading to a repair visit.
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. Please give us a call if you need us!