Murphy’s Law says if it can go wrong, it will go wrong. Unfortunately, air conditioners fall victim to this old saying: they are more prone to let us down in the peak of summer when we need them the most. Coming home and finding that the temperature inside your house is almost as hot as the temperature outside is a situation we all want avoid. If your A/C is blowing hot air, a major system mechanical failure could be the cause. Then again, it could also be a relatively easy fix and something you can work to prevent happening in the first place. Regular maintenance and checking on refrigerant levels are two preventative measures to take.
Your system is charged with refrigerant, which can leak from your system for a variety of reasons, including vibration over time and weak, worn joints and connections. A refrigerant leak is the No. 1 cause of mechanical system inefficiency and failure, and it is also a hazard to our environment. Industry studies have shown that air conditioning systems relatively low on refrigerant can pump up energy bills by as much as 20% or more.
Most older systems in the U.S. use R-22 refrigerant, which the Environmental Protection Agency has banned, effective Jan. 1, 2020. R-22-charged air conditioners can still be serviced, repaired and charged if necessary until then. However, you may want to consider replacing your home’s old system with a newer system charged with environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R-410A. Also, remain vigilant in monitoring for any possible leaks. If your system is not cooling as well as it should or you detect a leak have a leak, schedule immediate air conditioning service.
Replacing your system’s air filter on a regular basis will also help your air conditioner do its job. A new, clean air filter promotes healthy indoor air quality and helps prevent damage to the system’s evaporator. A damaged or dirty evaporator can lead to inefficient system cooling and higher utility bills.
Remember: as the heat and humidity of summer continues to build, so does stress and wear and tear on your home comfort system. Perform regular maintenance on your air conditioner more often during the heat of summer to keep your system running smoothly. This will extend the life of your system and help prevent costly A/C repairs.
Call Sanborn’s today to schedule a summer inspection and tune-up.