There are some common repair problems with air conditioners that are easy to avoid with a few precautionary steps. Here are a few, and what you can do to prevent them from impairing your summer cooling:
- Defrosting iced-over coils: Icing along the coils can occur for a number of reasons, but the one you can help avoid is the clogged air filter. The filter that protects the interior of the AC cabinet from debris will become congested with dust and dirt after a month of steady work, and this will cause a drop in airflow and the coil will not be able to absorb sufficient heat, leading to ice developing. Make sure that you change the filter once a month (or clean the filter if it is a permanent one) to prevent this.
- Repairing bent fan blades: The outside fan can sometimes sustain damage from rocks, sticks, and gravel that infiltrate the cabinet. Bent blades will lead a misaligned fan that will start to strike the casing and lead to additional damage throughout the cabinet. You can reduce the chance of this occurring by making sure the immediate area around the outdoor condenser (approximately two feet) is clear of branches, shrubs, stones, and any other loose obstruction that might enter the cabinet and damage the fan.
- Replacing motors: Three different motors operate an air conditioner, and failure of any one of them will mean an inefficient and ineffective AC. The motors can burn out if they lose lubrication, become dusty or dirty, or suffer overwork. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you have regular maintenance done on the air conditioner. Have a technician give the machine a check-up once a year for signs of wear-and-tear and to keep the motors clean and lubricated.
The annual maintenance visit isn’t beneficial just for the motors in your air conditioning: it will help all the AC’s components run at their best and make the system more efficient and less expensive to run.
Make an appointment with Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today for a maintenance session that will keep your AC tuned-up and in its best working condition.