Keeping Your AC System Cleaner

Air Conditioning Failures And Problems

by Yolanda White

Homeowners will often make mistakes and oversights with their air conditioning system that have the potential to create an impact on its performance. Understanding the mistakes that you may be the most likely to make with your air conditioning unit will give you a better chance of avoiding these significant problems.

Overworking The Unit

Overworking the unit is a mistake that can lead to significant performance problems due to the amount of wear and tear that it can put on the system. As long as the air conditioning system is properly sized to the home, you should be able to avoid this problem without impacting your comfort. For a properly sized air conditioning system, avoiding using the unit during the winter or the fall months can be sufficient for avoiding these problems. Running the system when it is cool outside can add avoidable wear to the system as well as increase the risk of it icing over. If the unit were to ice over, it could require major components to be replaced, such as the condenser or the coil system.

Letting The Exterior Or The Filters Become Dirty

Failing to keep the air conditioning unit clean is another mistake that can increase the risk of a failure with the system occurring. Dirt and other debris can reduce the movement of air through the system. This can immediately reduce the cooling output of the system, and it can also increase the wear that it suffers. Without sufficient airflow, the motor for the system will have to work much harder, which can increase the risk of it overheating. Thoroughly cleaning the unit to remove any dust or debris that has collected is an instrumental type of maintenance that people will often fail to do. Taking the time to clean the air conditioning system and to replace the filter can improve the performance of your system, and it can also reduce the contaminants that may be lowering the quality of the air inside your house.

Failing To Protect Key Electrical Systems

Your air conditioning system is an appliance that is one of the largest users of power in your house. While most homeowners are aware of this, they may not consider the need to reduce the risk of electrical damage occurring. Depending on the design of your system, it may have a surge suppression system in place that will intercept the bulk of these damaging charges. However, the thermostat for your system may lack this protection, which can leave it extremely vulnerable to being damaged during a lightning strike or surge in the local power grid.

Contact a local AC contractor to learn more.