The Three Most Common HVAC Problems
What Is HVAC?
HVAC which is an acronym for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is the mechanical system that maintains a comfortable indoor air temperature.
This important role means HVAC systems are often used all day, every day without much of a break, especially in climates with intense hot or cold weather. Constant use can lead to problems, especially the following three.
Refrigerant is a chemical which transitions from a liquid to a gas and back again to create a cooling effect. It’s possible for refrigerant to leak and, if the refrigerant level becomes too low, a host of issues besides poor air conditioner performance can result. Low refrigerant will cause your home to feel warmer than it should while your air conditioning works overtime to try to bring the temperature down. Your electricity bills will spike and condensation water will begin to leak out around your furnace.
Low refrigerant isn’t a problem you can fix yourself; only a professional can find and repair the leak, top off the refrigerant levels, and make sure that everything is working properly once again.
Dirty/Clogged Air Filter
Unlike low refrigerant, a dirty filter is one of the simplest problems to fix yourself. Your HVAC filter is similar to the lint catcher in your dryer. Lint builds up after each dryer cycle, and if you fail to remove it, your dryer will no longer be able to dry your clothes. The same thing occurs when your HVAC filter becomes clogged. A clogged filter can’t efficiently let air flow through, which forces the HVAC to work harder to do its job. This, in turn, will cause premature and costly breakdown of your valuable HVAC system. All it takes a simple filter swap to save money, prevent your HVAC system from burning out, and dramatically improve the air quality in your home.
Drain clogs aren’t just problems in plumbing, but in HVAC as well. Your HVAC system contains drains that can become clogged and impact the system’s efficiency as well as exposing your home to water damage. The longer this problem persists, the more chance there is of major water damage occurring. Call in an expert as soon as possible to get your HVAC back to normal.
Preventive Maintenance is Key
I think we’d all rather spend less and get more for our money, and sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck is no fun. Just like an oil and filter change or new tires for your car, regular preventative maintenance will prolong the life of your HVAC system and decrease both operating and repair costs.