Keeping your air conditioning system and all the components inside of it is crucial to its performance. Should one piece, such as the coils or pipes, begin to damage or cause issues, it can affect the overall system, as well as potentially harm your health or home.
Our team at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing knows how confusing it can be to figure out if you need AC maintenance, or an actual repair. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common signs you need an AC repair, and what to do in each situation!
1. Dirty Coils
The evaporator coils are one of the most important pieces of an air conditioning system. It is where the refrigerant absorbs all the heat within the air, and produces cool air for your home. However, the coils can become dirty over time which results in decreased efficiency.
Dirty coils in the outside unit can be washed off. On the inside unit, it is better to have a technician inspect it to see if it just needs to be cleaned, or possibly even replaced.
2. Refrigerant Leaks
As mentioned, your AC relies on refrigerant to absorb the hot air in your home, so cool air can be produced. Occasionally, corroded or damaged coils, or leaks in your pipes can cause that refrigerant to leak.
Not only can this cause your AC to underperform, but can be very harmful. If the refrigerant is leaking into your home, it can cause health problems as time goes on. A refrigerant leak is best left to an HVAC technician to fix, as it can be very dangerous.
3. Pilot Light/Ignition Problems
If you have a gas furnace component to your AC, and the pilot or ignition is acting up, this can lead to a few problems. For example, during colder temperatures, a faulty pilot can prevent your home from being heated when you need it. Additionally, an ignition issue can be potentially dangerous.
Whatever the problem is, either blocked gas or a dirty pilot, any pilot or furnace issues should be inspected and fixed by licensed technicians.
4. Duct Leaks/Dirty Ductwork
Over time, the ductwork in your home or space will take on wear and tear. If air is leaking from the ducts, it will cause your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. This will possibly result in increased utility bills, which is never a good thing.
Have your ductwork regularly checked and repaired if need be, as damaged ducts can cause the following to seep into your home:
- Pet dander
- Dust and dirt
All of these can cause your ductwork to accumulate buildup, which results in poor air quality. For the best air quality, Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can
repair any ductwork!
5. Clogged Pipes or Water Leaks
If you have noticed any puddles near your outside units, or even wet spots inside, you more than likely have a leak or clog. Clogged pipes can cause leaks themselves, or faulty or damaged pipes can result in leaks. Either way, it is unpleasant to deal with or smell as these issues can produce musty smells.
A quick DIY repair involves taking bleach or vinegar and cleaning the AC unit drain, with a brush to help. However, if nothing helps, it is time to call in a professional.
When You Should Contact An HVAC Technician
If any of the above problems have occurred, immediately contact a licensed AC technician. The longer you wait to fix any repairs, the more you risk increased bills, further damaging your air conditioning system and needing a costly AC replacement.
For any further questions, give us a call at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today! Ask about our Ironclad Guarantee, which will give you even more peace of mind about working with our amazing team.