Air conditioners are not not an option if you live in North Texas. With 100+ degree summers, cold air is a requirement, usually starting in February. In order for your air conditioner to function properly, you will have to perform occasional maintenance and repairs.
Keeping your AC unit running smoothly can have several benefits but the biggest is optimizing efficiency. When your air conditioner parts fail, the overall performance of the unit will drop or come to a halt. That's why homeowners should know a thing or two about their air conditioner and common repairs they may face.
Whether we like it or not, machines are bound to need maintenance and your air conditioner is no different. Preparing for a future repair allows you to budget for the price and gives you an idea of what you should expect. The best way to prepare is to find out which parts are prone to need maintenance or repair.
The air filter of an AC unit is the most replaced component and for good reason. When the unit draws in air, it's likely pulling in hair, dust, and other debris as well. Professionals recommend conducting an air filter replacement every three months to help improve indoor air quality and optimize your air conditioner's efficiency.
Another commonly replaced AC part is the thermostat. If your AC won't function on command or randomly cuts off, you are likely to have problems in the house. The thermostat sends directions for the HVAC system to distribute heat or cold air, so if yours is faulty, it's likely causing uneven heating. Because the system doesn't operate long enough to reach exterior rooms, they never cool off, putting stress on the A/C unit and your wallet.
Indoor and outdoor coils help your system function properly. Removing dust and dirt from the coil regularly will prevent corrosion. Improper maintenance may lead to leaking or malfunctioning components, so be sure to inspect the compressor and evaporator coil.
The condenser fan is one of the most crucial air conditioner parts. It reduces the temperature of hot coolant from a gaseous state back into a liquid, helping the unit cycle correctly. If the fan is out of order, other AC parts are bound to follow, so be attentive toward the condenser fan and call a professional if you think it's time to replace it.
The expansion valve works by causing a drop in pressure before refrigerant enters the evaporator. The pressure change lowers the temperature of the refrigerant to help the air conditioner run efficiently. If the expansion valve is cold but your house is not, it may be time for maintenance or replacement.
Out of all the air conditioner parts that could require replacement, the compressor is the last thing you want to purchase. As the main component in an air conditioner, the cost can often be upwards of $1,000, so be sure to follow the useful information in your user manual and if you have any doubts, 214-441-6687call the HVAC experts.
Having an older air conditioner shouldn't require an endless repair list. Just be strict about regular services and address any issues you find immediately. With proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your air conditioner and reduce the overall repair cost.
If your air conditioner is approaching (or past) the 15-year mark and it's struggling to keep things cool, consider having a new unit installed. Air Central HVAC takes care of the entire replacement process with top-of-the-line air conditioning units and expert service. Call today and find details on the perfect air conditioner for your home.