Just asyour car requires maintenance, so too does the air conditioning that cools yourhome. Neglecting to provide the necessary airconditioning service with annual maintenanceis a guarantee of declining performance, a reduced lifespan, and a steadyincrease in energy use. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certifiedprofessionals offer the quality HVACservices your air conditioningsystem requires.
Air Conditioning Filters
Besides scheduling annual maintenance, routinely replacing the filtereach month or as instructed by the manufacturer is essential. Filter changesassist in maintaining a clean system. Clogged, dirty filters block the normalairflow, and reduce a system’s efficiency, leading to system failure andpermanent damage. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filtercarries dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impairs the coil’s ability toperform its function of keeping you comfortable. Our HVAC professionalscan provide coil cleaning when required with air conditioning service.
It’sessential to use the filter recommended by the manufacturer. Some types offilters are washable, while others require changing every 1 to 3 months,depending on the type. Upgrading to a HEPA filter in a system not designed forit may result in damage, and the need for airconditioning service. How often the filter requires changing will depend onthe type of filter, and the environment the system performs in. All filtersshould be checked each month, and more frequently when heavy dust conditionsexist such as during remodeling.
Air Conditioning Coils
Over time,the evaporator coil and condenser coil will become soiled. A clean filter routinelychanged assists in preventing the evaporator coil from soiling as quickly, althoughit will not prevent it entirely. Inspection of the evaporator coil duringmaintenance, and cleaning when required is an air conditioning service your HVACtechnician will provide. Outdoor condenser coils can also become soiled, andare inspected and cleaned as necessary.
You shouldtake extra care to minimize dirt and remove debris near the outdoor condenserunit. Maintain a clean area around the condenser of at least 2 feet to allowadequate airflow to the unit. This includes trimming foliage back by the sameminimum distance to ensure the air flow is not impaired. In addition, whencutting grass, never aim the mower discharge chute towards the condenser, notonly will the grass cause soiling of the unit, a pebble or other item can causeserious damage and costly repair.
Sealing and Insulating Air Ducts
The airducts, also called ductwork delivers conditioned air to each room in a home oroffice. In order to avoid the loss of conditioned air, the ducts must beairtight. Up to 30% of conditioned air is lost from ducts in need ofmaintenance. Over time ducts can loosen and the seals break. Ask your CypressHVAC professional to check your ducts during your next maintenance visit. Loosetape on duct joints, disconnected or loose ducts, and gaps between the pipe area definite sign duct repair is required.
Common Air Conditioning Problems
Refrigerantleaks, and improperly charged refrigerant is a common problem. Even in theabsence of a leak, an improper amount of refrigerant affects the performanceand efficiency of the unit. Common causes of AC problems include:
· Low Refrigerant– When the AC is low onrefrigerant, it was either undercharged by a technician, or has a leak. Eithersituation will require air conditioningservice by an HVAC technician. Ifa leak is present, professional leak repair will be required. DIY adding ofrefrigerant can lead to a damaged system, and requires a certified technicianto determine the proper AC repair. Repairmay include the need for evacuation of the system prior to adding themanufacturer specified amount of refrigerant.
· Inadequate maintenance – If you allowfilters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, poor performance andefficiency will result, and it can result in premature compressor failure. Thecleaning of coils, and fan motors is a component of maintenance that isprovided when necessary during the annual air conditioning service.
· Electricalcomponent failure -The compressor, fan controls, switches, contactors, andother components will experience wear over time. Oversized and undersized systemsand those with failing components can run more frequently than is necessary,resulting in premature wear, and the need for replacement. Electricalconnections and components are inspected during the annual maintenance call.
Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning today toschedule air conditioning service. Our NATEcertified HVAC technicians provide the expertise you can rely on for the serviceof all the major brands. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, andare a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.