Spring A/C Repair: Keep Cool This Summer

Spring A/C Repair

Spring A/C Repair is a hot topic right now. Let’s face it: having an expensive A/C repair bill is no fun. At Brooks Heating and Air, we have a comprehensive checklist we go through on a spring inspection. We are capable of working on any A/C system, and we are particularly fond of Lennox A/C units. While we won’t be covering every item we go through in depth, we want to discuss the top ten things that lead to a call to an HVAC repair company.

  1. A Tripped Breaker. This is one of the most common causes of a phone call to an HVAC repair company. If your A/C shuts off, check your circuit breaker panel. It may be a simple matter of flipping the switch back on. However, if the breaker continues to trip, give us a shout; there is likely a deeper problem that needs to be addressed.
  2. Dirty Filters. If your home has disposable filters, replace them monthly. We recommend a more robust air filtration solution, but be sure to keep tabs on the filters of your home. The filters are easy to overlook since they are out of sight, out of mind. However,  you would be amazed at how many service calls we go on and discover the main cause of an A/C issue to be a dirty filter.
  3. Refrigerant leaks. Your air conditioning unit is a sealed system; it should never leak refrigerant. Not only does a refrigerant leak pose environmental dangers, you are likely to see a rise in your electric bills. If your unit is leaking, the system has to work a lot harder to cool your home. Your coils may freeze, or your compressor could become damaged. Luckily, we have tools we can use to track down the source of the leak and repair your unit.
  4. The switch is turned off. Yes, we do ask the “is the unit turned on, sir” question. In anyone’s defense, some A/C units have a wall switch at the indoor unit for safety and convenience. This switch can easily be mistaken for a light switch. If this switch is turned off, the A/C unit will not start. Be sure to check this switch before calling us.
  5. Thermostat problems. Some thermostats have a “heating mode” and a “cooling mode.” Be sure to set this switch to the correct position; if it is in the wrong position, your A/C won’t start. Quality digital thermostats rarely fail. If they do, it could be due to a voltage spike or a broken switch.
  6. Clogged Drain Lines. Your A/C unit pulls moisture out of humid air while lowering the temperature in your home. Typically, this moisture is drained out of your home through your plumbing. A drain pan should be present as a backup. Algae can grow in these drain lines, clogging them up. This can lead to water damage in your home, and can also cause your A/C not to start. One of the first things we do on a spring A/C repair check is to clear these drain lines.
  7. Cleaning the contactors. A contactor is an electromechanical switch in your A/C unit. Sometimes, the coating on the contactors will wear off, causing the contactor to stick. When this happens, your A/C will run continuously and your electric bill will skyrocket. Occasionally, ants are attracted to the electricity and will get squashed between the contactors, causing your A/C not to start. As part of a spring tune up we will check the condition of your contactors.
  8. Dirty evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is located inside your home. Liquid refrigerant is sprayed onto this coil to evaporate and draw heat from the air being blown across the coil. Like your air filters, the coils are subject to a buildup of mold, dust and other contaminants. This buildup can reduce the efficiency of the coils and can increase your electricity costs.
  9. Dirty condenser coil. The condenser coil is located outside your home. The compressor pulls hot refrigerant gas from the evaporator and pumps it through the outdoor coil. Like the evaporator coil, this coil can become dirty and inefficient; it is one of the key things we will check on a spring A/C repair tune up.
  10. Duct leaks. Your duct system is tasked with delivering hot or cool air to the occupied areas of your home. If there are leaks in this system outside of your home, you’re essentially paying to heat or cool the outdoors. Duct leakage is one of the leading causes of inefficiency in an HVAC system. Leaks range from duct penetration to split seams to completely disconnected ducts. Repairing these leaks is not expensive; ignoring them could be.

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