Your air conditioning system is a complex arrangement of equipment that works together to generate cool air. The system contains heat exchangers, motors, pumps, electronic controls and a series of refrigeration components. A well-maintained HVAC system will heat and cool your home for many years. However, a unit that is not well maintained will degrade in performance and energy efficiency over time. As components become dirty, electrical connections loosen and parts exhibit wear and tear, your system must work harder to produce conditioned air. When your system works harder, the unit uses more energy and undergoes more intense operation to heat and cool your home.
Clean Cooling Coils
Over time, debris builds up on the cooling coils of the unit. As debris collects on the coils, the system is less able to transfer heat from the refrigerant to facilitate the cooling process. Because heat transfer becomes less efficient, the air conditioning unit runs harder and longer to complete the transfer. When the unit runs harder than it was designed to do over an extended period of time, the unit will wear out and break down. During an air conditioner tune-up, the coils are cleaned to remove debris and build-up. However, this is just one task that is performed when the unit is tuned. Cleaning the coils reduces the energy necessary for your unit to cool the air. Your system does not need to work as hard, which prolongs the life of your air conditioner.
The HVAC technician will recharge your system’s refrigerant during a tune-up, if necessary. The air conditioner uses refrigerant to transfer heat and produce cool air. If your AC unit’s refrigerant is low, your unit will need to run longer and harder to circulate the coolant through the coils. Low refrigerant levels can cause your AC unit to freeze up or break down altogether.
The air conditioning system is a closed and sealed system that should never lose refrigerant pressure. If your air conditioning unit requires a refrigerant recharge during the annual tuneup, you probably have a leak in your system’s lines. Your HVAC technician will identify where the system is losing refrigerant so that you can make the repairs before they become major.
During regular preventative maintenance, your system’s components are inspected for unusual wear and tear. If the technician identifies a part that shows extreme wear, he or she will notify the homeowner so that repairs can be scheduled. Don’t let a minor repair become a big problem. Identify potential problems before an emergency service call is required by having your system regularly maintained.
When the time comes to schedule annual HVAC preventative maintenance for your Madison, MS home, call Dent Air Conditioning. Dent Air Conditioning offers air conditioner repairs, maintenance and installations to residential and commercial clients in the greater Madison, MS area. Dent offers emergency AC repairs seven days a week, 24 hours a day.