HVAC maintenance is all about preventing problems before they become expensive. The entire HVAC system in a residential home is highly interconnected. Each component relies on another. So, even when one small component fails, it could affect another. Very often, a simple, preventable problem with one of cheaper and easier to maintain components can cause damage to another component that is not so cheap and easy to fix. For instance, failure to maintain clean air filters can result in functionality issues with the compressor unit. This article explains a few of the most common problems that occur when one, easily preventable problem is not taken care of in time.
Maintain the AC Fan
The fan inside your condenser unit is actually not responsible for creating the airflow of your AC. It is the air handler inside your house that takes the cold air and circulates into your duct. The fan inside your condenser unit simply helps to circulate the cold air into the air handler. But, this fan is also responsible for keeping the compressor cool.
The compressor, which creates cold air, is a large, round electrical device. Since it uses so much electricity, it can heat up when it is running. The fan hopes to cool down the compressor. So, if your fan is not working properly, then not only will the airflow be reduced, your compressor will struggle to create cold air. Usually, it will compensate by using more electricity, which can end up being very costly. Even when a compressor is working a maximum efficiency, it usually uses more electricity than any other component inside the condenser unit.
Clean the Evaporator
Another easily preventable problem happens when homeowners don't clean their evaporator. The evaporator, which extracts moisture from the air before it pumps into your ducts, can get dirty. When it is dirty, it works less efficiently. So, by simply opening up your evaporator box and cleaning off the coils with a light scrub brush or vacuum, you can expose the coils and make them work more effectively. If you fail to do this, not only with the HVAC system use more electricity, the air that comes into your duct system is going to have my moisture. This can also result in the formation of mold within your ducts. Getting rid of mold inside the ducts can end up being a very costly and annoying project.
As you can see, small problems can lead to more significant issues when they are not handled in time. For more information, contact your local heating system experts.