Houston, TX based Air Check Mechanical Service (ACMS) is taking steps to educate their community on common problems they may encounter with their air conditioning units. As part of this outreach, the company recently published a blog post that identifies these problems and explains what a homeowner can do to rectify such issues without having to resort to contacting a professional.
As the post acknowledges, it can be frustrating to come home after a long, hot day and discover that the AC has broken down (or is not cooling as well as it should). The company adds, “What’s even worse is the fact that if you have no idea how your AC works, you’ll have no idea what’s causing the problem. Diagnosing why your AC is not blowing cold air the way it’s supposed to is always next to impossible when you’re not an expert.” An AC malfunction can occur due to a number of reasons, and while a homeowner cannot be expected to understand them all, the company still recommends that they take the time to learn a little about their air conditioning system so that smaller fixes will not be outside their capabilities.
One aspect of AC repair that the company emphasizes is time — it is much better to repair a faulty system as soon as possible than it is to wait (and potentially give it time to degrade even further). If the problem persists, it could harm the unit even more as time goes on, and the homeowner will inevitably have to face a larger replacement bill than if they had the issues fixed at once (or were able to see to it themselves).
They explain that warm air, for example, may be caused by the following: a badly set up or faulty thermostat, power issues, ice buildup, clogged or blocked filters, dirty compressor, low level or leaking refrigerant and so on. This brings the company to its first suggestion for homeowners, which is to have their AC unit or system inspected by an HVAC professional at least once a year. This is the easiest way to ensure that small problems are rectified in their infancy and will not lead to a malfunctioning unit in the future. However, this is not always possible (or may not be enough), so the company also offers certain tips that homeowners can implement themselves.
First, they should check the thermostat to make sure it is set to ‘ON’ and not ‘AUTO’ as this would cause the fan to keep running at all times, even when the unit is not cooling the air. Next, they can check the air filters for clogs. Replacing or washing air filters can help clear them of dirt and improve air flow once more. The company recommends that air filters be checked often as they will always get clogged over time. Similarly, they may want to check whether they have a dirty or clogged-out unit. The exterior part of their air conditioner, known as the condenser, can get dirty as time goes on. If this is the case, ACMS says giving it a good clean may help. While dirt and dust is often the obvious cause of a blockage, the company adds that other objects may be responsible for reduced air flow as well. This may include furniture placed too close to the interior vents and so on. Giving the system enough room to function may help.
Homeowners should note that AC systems are fairly complex pieces of technology, and many problems can only be fixed by a licensed professional. As the post concludes, “Staying at home during those hot summer days will be more bearable when you have an efficiently working AC system. Keeping it properly maintained is crucial to this. Always choose an experienced HVAC professional for your AC maintenance needs. With the right HVAC technician on call, keeping your home cool and comfortable all year round will be easy.”
Those looking for such an expert are welcome to contact Donald Compton of Air Check Mechanical Service to learn more about the company’s services, availability and so on. ACMS can also be reached through their official website and social media platforms.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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