Is Your Air Conditioning System Summer-Ready?
If you’re a planner that likes to be prepared for almost anything, you know there are quite a few things that you should never take for granted. One of them is your central air conditioning system. We say this because we definitely wouldn’t want you scrambling next month or in July or early August for contact information for “air conditioner repair near me” because your air conditioner is not working suddenly in the middle of a Houston heatwave. You don’t want to be in competition with the hundreds of other homeowners who procrastinated on preventative air conditioning maintenance and are suffering the consequences. So, just like preparing for a beach-ready body, we recommend you also work on a summer-ready HVAC system, and here are some pointers:
See if there are air leaks.
Air leaks in your rooms can be difficult to locate because they can be quite unnoticeable. Seals and connections that have experienced wear and tear through the years can cause these leaks practically invisible to the naked eye. Watermarks on the ceiling may also appear because your system apparently has holes and leaks. You can do some DIY snooping by using soapy water to see if there are bubbles on your windows that indicate air leaks. Otherwise, have air conditioning repair is to help you in detecting air leaks and in applying remedies to this concern.
There are a few signs that your house may be leaking air. The most obvious is a higher energy bill. Compare your utility bill (gas and electric) to the same period a year ago. Is it substantially higher this year? Your home may have a new air leak.
Check condensate lines and pipe insulation.
The HVAC world is a bit divided on this one. Some say that not all pipes included in your HVAC system need to be insulated, while some cannot stress enough the importance of pipe insulation. The thing is, deposits can accumulate in your pipes that can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. Forced-air systems need to have condensate lines that drain properly, are not clogged and rusty. These factors mentioned may also have an effect on the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Try to consult with AC service specialists if your system is already old enough that pipe replacement should actually be considered.
If water is pooling around your indoor air handler, you probably have an AC drainage problem. Left unattended, the water will continue its downward trajectory through ceilings, walls, and floors. Some AC units have an overflow float switch that will turn the air conditioner off if it detects a condensate backup. If your air conditioner won’t turn on, one of the first things you should check is the condensate drainage system.
Your air vents may need to be adjusted.
Indoor air vents that are not positioned properly may contribute to abnormal levels of heat loss. If something is blocking your air vent, your indoor air will not be sufficiently cooled in the areas where it needs to be cool. Clogged air vents also cause your unit to be stressed as the temperature you’ve set in the thermostat will not be met easily. So there, prepare for a rise in your electric bill if you don’t address this air vent positioning issue ASAP.
Since a room with a clogged air duct won’t be able to reach the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat, your HVAC system will have to work twice as hard to warm or cool it properly. This will cause an uptick in your monthly utility bills and put your heating or cooling equipment at risk of failing early in its service life.
Call us today to help you with air conditioning repair and maintenance matters.