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Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Your AC To Break Down

blue-question-markMost homeowners want to skip air conditioning maintenance in Riverside, CA simply because “Why call when there’s no problem?” After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

We can understand the reasoning behind this sentiment. There’s no reason to spend money on something that’s working perfectly fine, right? But the fact is, there are many problems that can happen in your AC long before it breaks down. The result is an AC that has to work harder, spends more in energy every month, and starts to wear down on the internal components.

We’ll go over a couple examples of problems that can be stopped early with a maintenance call.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the chemical that runs through your AC system, facilitating the transfer of warm air. In other words, it’s what makes cold air for your home!

For that to happen, the air conditioner needs to be charged with the perfect amount of refrigerant. There’s a careful balance of heat and pressure at play, and a leak will offset that balance.

In the worst-case scenario, a refrigerant leak that goes unchecked can eventually lead to a complete compressor failure—and that’s not cheap. Before that happens, it can cause a number of problems:

  • Increased Energy Bills: The air conditioner will have to work harder than usual to pump the refrigerant through, and it will take longer for your home to get cool. Combined, this will lead to a spike in your energy bill.
  • Frozen Evaporator Coil: Without the proper amount of refrigerant, the evaporator coil can become too cold and eventually freeze. This will block airflow.
  • Increased Wear and Tear: Your AC’s parts and components are rated for a certain lifespan, but if they’re forced to work harder than usual due to a problem like a refrigerant leak, it can put more stress on those parts.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is when your air conditioner turns on and off way too frequently to be normal. However, if you don’t pay much attention to the way your air conditioner operates, it’s possible you won’t notice it—or perhaps it short-cycled from day one and you never realized. Short-cycling can be caused by something as similar as a clogged air filter, or it could be due to a unit that’s far too powerful for the home it was installed in. Either way, it can cause more than a few problems:

  • More Wear and Tear: Starting up the unit is the most power-intensive function for your air conditioner. Short-cycling causes your unit to start up numerous times, which can lead to general wear and tear and burnt out compressors.
  • Energy Bill Increases: You guessed it—all the extra power that’s exerted in starting the system all goes toward a more costly energy bill. Plus, the AC will have to run longer when it can’t reach the temperature on the thermostat.
  • Humidity Increase: It’s not just getting hotter. Since short-cycling prevents the AC from working properly, it can also lead to feeling more humidity through the home.

If you haven’t had your AC checked out in a while, now might be the right time for a maintenance check. Contact AVIS for your HVAC needs!

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