The early days of spring are a great time to enjoy the outdoors in Frisco, TX. The spring months are also a time to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming summer months. Here’s a list of common problems your technician may discover and address when performing a spring maintenance check.
Coils encumbered by dirt and dust are a common reason for an HVAC system malfunction. The portion of your air conditioner that sits inside your home has an evaporator coil. There’s a condenser coil in the outside unit.
The outdoor unit is especially susceptible to the effects of constant exposure to dirt and grass clippings. Professional HVAC maintenance is necessary when this exposure to nature negatively affects a condenser coil. You will need the same level of care when dust and debris inside your home clogs an evaporator coil.
Your heating and air conditioning system should never allow refrigerant to escape. But this may be the problem with your system if you hear hissing or gurgling sounds when you turn on your air conditioner. Refrigerant leaks can also be a problem when the air blowing through the vents is not as cool as you desire.
A refrigerant leak from your system can cause further complications, such as frozen coils and damage to your condenser. You may also notice an increase in the cost of running your system when there is a refrigerant leak.
You will most likely need to switch your thermostat from heating to cooling mode when spring arrives. Your HVAC system will not cool your home if the switch is in the wrong position or malfunctions in some way. High-quality thermostats are durable components, but less sturdy ones may break or malfunction when a spike in voltage occurs.
You will experience fewer problems with your heating and cooling system if you keep the filters clean throughout the year. But this maintenance task takes on added importance at the beginning of spring.
When dust and debris clog your filters, your system may overheat or get stuck cycling on and off. You may also notice a steady decline in the air quality inside your home. Clogged filters can lead to more HVAC system problems when you don’t address them in a timely fashion.
Your HVAC system will likely perform better if you replace filters once the spring arrives. It is also a good idea to change your filters every month or two during the spring and summer months to support proper system function.
Your ductwork carries the cold and warm air already conditioned by your HVAC systems to the vents for distribution throughout your home. A problem with ductwork will almost always decrease system efficiency along with the comfort level in your home.
Ductwork can separate and leak over time. This problem allows air to escape the system before entering your home. It’s best to call in a professional HVAC repair technician if you suspect a problem with your ductwork.
Clogged Drain Line
Air conditioners pull the water from the air in your home to create a more comfortable environment. Your plumbing system is the vehicle that carries this moisture from your home.
Algae and other debris can cause the lines that drain water to become clogged. When this happens, professional attention is necessary to prevent water damage to your home.
Contactors are small switches that control electricity flow throughout your air conditioner. The coating of a contactor can wear out over time and cause the component to malfunction. The result is often an air conditioner that runs nonstop.
Tiny pieces of debris and sometimes even small insects can become trapped between contactors and keep them from properly closing. Your outside unit will not run if this happens.
The first days of spring are the perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is up for the work it will need to perform in the months ahead. Call us at All Service Heating & Air in Frisco, TX, to handle your HVAC maintenance needs.
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