No one wants to be left without a working HVAC unit during a sweltering hot California summer or a cold night. Not to mention, emergency AC repairs can be costly. However, fret not, as many of the most common AC repairs we encounter are entirely preventable with routine maintenance.
Routine HVAC maintenance can save homeowners money on utility bills, extend the lifespan of your equipment, improve indoor air quality, and prevent future emergency repairs. Here at Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re all about providing homeowners with maintenance services that evoke peace of mind.
Frozen Evaporator Coils
Nobody expects to come home and find their air conditioner covered in ice. Nevertheless, this is a frequent cause of AC repair. Evaporator coils are made of metals highly conducive to heat, such as aluminum, copper, or steel. The refrigerant within the coils draws in heat from the surrounding air, which allows the fan to expel cold air. Frozen evaporator coils are often a sign that either the air filter needs to be replaced or that refrigerant is leaking from the coils. Luckily, either case is entirely preventable by scheduling regular air conditioner maintenance. When our HVAC technicians stop by for their routine check-up, they’ll inspect and clean the AC unit’s evaporator coils and examine the air filter.
Blocked Condenser Coils
Condenser coils are located in the AC system’s outdoor component known as the condenser unit. Opposite to the evaporator coils, condenser coils disperse the warm air pulled from inside the home outside. As this unit is outdoors, it’s susceptible to blockage from fallen leaves, twigs, dirt, and other accumulated debris. Significant blockage means the condenser will have to work harder to disperse warm air, causing your utility bill to skyrocket, and quickly whittling away at an HVAC system’s efficiency. Our technicians always inspect and clean condenser coils during routine visits. Prevent high energy bills and decreased equipment life by scheduling HVAC preventative maintenance!
Worn Down Compressor Motor
The compressor motor is an essential piece of the AC system — it keeps the compressor running. When something is wrong with the compressor motor, it affects the entire system. The following are some issues caused by a failing compressor that can be avoided with routine maintenance.
- A spike in utility bills
- Noises such as buzzing, humming, or clicking during operation
- Fuses blowing and breakers tripping when the compressor tries to startup
- A decrease in the amount of cold air being produced
Clogged Condensate Drain
Condensate drains are responsible for preventing condensation from accumulating by redirecting it outside of the house. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance, the condensate drain may become clogged. A clogged condensate drain can overflow, causing water damage to occur in the home. If the drain clogs, homeowners can attempt to use a wet vac to clear the tube. However, to avoid clogging altogether, our technicians always check the condensate drain pan for evidence of clogging, such as slow draining.
Don’t wait until it’s too late — contact our AC company today to schedule routine maintenance!