Air conditioning units are important for many homes. During summer, energy usage increases, as most homes keep their AC on for longer hours. Did you know that you can limit your costs by making sure your AC is working properly?
Experts say you can reduce energy consumption by cleaning your AC unit and replacing filters regularly. Fixing problems as soon as you can also avoids costly repairs and part replacements.
Here are common problems to watch out for:
1. Electric Control Failure
Over time, the compressor and fan controls may wear out, especially when you turn the unit on and off frequently. Electric control failure is also common for an oversized system. Specialists at ACTION Heating and Air Conditioning notes that corrosion of terminals and wires can lead to electric control failure. To avoid making the problem worse, it’s best to have a professional check your unit’s electrical contacts and connections.
2. Refrigerant Leaks
If your AC unit is low on refrigerant, simply adding more refrigerant may not solve the problem. You need to determine the cause of the problem. The unit may be leaking or undercharged. As refrigerant leaks are harmful to the environment, the government encourages AC unit owners to contact a trained professional to evaluate and fix the problem.
3. Drainage Problems
Check the condensate drain to make sure it is draining properly. Do this often, especially when it’s humid outside. Furthermore, make sure the unit is leveled to avoid drainage problems.
4. Sensor Problems
AC units have thermostat sensors that measure the air temperatures going into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is not in its proper position, the unit may behave erratically and cycle constantly. Check the sensor and make sure it isn’t touching the coil or too far from it.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your home comfortable during the hot season. Perform regular maintenance on your AC unit and enjoy cool air without using too much energy.