Spring has come to the Inland Empire – early as usual – and that means residents of Rialto, CA will be dusting off their air conditioners in anticipation of another summer. Your AC unit may have developed problems over the winter, however, that will only come to light now that you’re starting to use the system again. You need to be aware of these problems, because they can turn around and bite you with a breakdown or other serious issue just when you need your air conditioner the most. A good maintenance session from a trained professional can stop some of these issues in their tracks, but the more you can be aware of them, the better off you’ll be.
Dirt on Key Components
The condenser coils in your air conditioner help release heat from the refrigerants while the expansion coils are vital to cooling the air itself. If either or both of them get dirty – as they can when sitting unused for months — it can impede the air conditioner’s ability to work, leading to longer operating times and increased strain on the entire system. Eventually, it may cause other parts of the system to overheat.
An Unchanged Filter
Filters are simple screens used to strain hair, dust and other airborne contaminants out of your home as the air conditioner runs. Obviously, they can become clogged very easily, especially if they haven’t been changed or replaced in some time. That slows down the flow of air, which also causes the air conditioner to run longer than it should. Increased strain, higher monthly bills and eventual breakdown follow.
A refrigerant leak is a serious problem that needs professional service to solve. If it sprung up during the winter you might not have noticed it since the leak took place without the system running: ice on the evaporator coils is a good sign to look for.
Call on Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to fix any lingering air conditioning problems.