If your air conditioner doesn't get the house to a cool temperature that you can be comfortable at, it most likely isn't working properly and needs to be looked at by an HVAC professional. The Freon in the machine is a common source of problems.
Freon isn't the only possibility, and other problems could be outside the air conditioning unit and in the ventilation system. Here are a few problems you'll want the HVAC contractor to look for.
Check the Freon
Freon is the chemical that makes the air cold before it's pushed throughout your house. If the Freon levels in the air conditioner are low, this means there must be a leak somewhere throughout the air conditioner. The levels should never get low. The HVAC professional will find the leak and see what other damage the Freon has done throughout the machine. The leaking components need to be replaced and the Freon will need to be refilled.
If the Freon leaked and got to the fan, the fan could be frozen in place. When the blades can't move, the machine can't push air into the house, and the machine could overheat or have other problems. Have your contractor check to see if the fan is frozen or just broken, along with other components inside the air conditioner.
If there are damages throughout the ducts, then the air may have no chance of getting into the house. As much as 30 percent of the cold air could be lost throughout the ducts, preventing the house from achieving a comfortable temperature, and forcing the unit to run far more than it needs to. Talk with the HVAC expert to see if you should have your ducts sealed after they work on the air conditioner, and this could help lower your winter heating bills too.
The air conditioner could just be due for a tune up, meaning that it needs to be cleaned out and the mechanical parts need to be lubed to prevent rusting and friction. If the air conditioner is aging and you aren't sure if you want to spend money on having it repaired, ask the HVAC service professional how much it would cost to have a new unit installed. You don't want to invest money into a unit that isn't going to last much longer, since you would have to replace the unit soon anyways.
For more information about your personal HVAC needs, call local professionals like those at A Bailey Plumbing.Share
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