AC Service: 5 Reasons you May Need It

AC Service

In the Florida heat, the best way to keep your cool daily is to ensure that the home’s AC system is operating properly whenever you click it on at the thermostat. Your system will require periodic service throughout its lifespan to keep it working at peak efficiency. Even with this regular ac service, there are still times that your system will need repairing or replacing. We provide five reasons below why you may need ac service.

1. Improper Drainage of Condensation Will Cause Issues

When the evaporator drain line develops a clog, it will cause water to build up in the drain pan. Once the water is high enough, it will trigger a sensor that shuts off the blower. In addition, the drain pan can overflow if it overfills and this may lead to damage to the floor underneath the blower. If your blower is in the attic as other ones are today, this may lead to damage to the ceiling below the drain pan. Many times, homeowners call the technician out to discover why their blower is not working only to learn that there is too much water in the drain pan. The technician removes the clog during the ac service and empties the drain pan to restart the blower unless another malfunction occurs in conjunction with this issue.

2. Low Refrigerant Levels Will Cause the AC System to Malfunction

Without sufficient refrigerant, the AC system will blow warm air instead of cool air. If you do not catch this issue in time, your condenser unit will freeze up and completely quit working. When this occurs, the technician hopefully, will be able to unfreeze the unit during the ac service appointment. Then, the technician will need to refill your condenser with the proper amount of refrigerant to return the unit to full operational condition. In the event that the technician cannot unfreeze the condenser, you may need to pay for a replacement unit.

3. A Dirty Filter Can Lead to a Blower to Break Down

An AC blower contains a filter to catch dirt and other foreign particles to prevent them from entering the duct work throughout your house. When this filter is full, the airflow cannot freely move into the blower, and this will cause it to stop working in the proper manner. Certain filters are disposable while others are permanent, cleanable ones. Whichever your system has, you should clean or change your filter every 30 to 60 days. Blowers can completely break down from this problem when you neglect to follow this recommendation. Another issue that may cause insufficient airflow in your system is greenery or other items too near to your condenser unit outdoors. Keep the area around this unit open to allow the air to flow freely.

4. The Condenser Fan Quits Running

At times, the condenser fan quits running, and this stops air from flowing through the unit properly. One reason that this issue may occur is that the capacitor needs replacing. The other reason for this to happen is that the fan motor is not operational.

5. The Blower’s Control Board Needs Replacing

The AC blower contains a control board that supplies power to the various components of the AC system. When this board is defective, a technician will replace it with a new operational one. He or she will first rule out all other problems and issues, though, before replacing this board to ensure that the other components are not the cause of the problems.

Of course, these five reasons are just some of the issues that can cause your system to require ac service and repair since other problems may also occur in it. Typically, a technician always tries to repair your system first before he or she recommends a replacement unit for the blower, condenser unit or both with an entirely new system. When the system is beyond repair due to one reason or another, you will need to replace at least part if not all of your system. While replacement is a last resort, it may be the best solution to restore your AC to operational status.