There’s no way to keep your air conditioning unit out of humidity’s reach. But, there are ways to detect a progressive breakdown and address the problem before your utility bills skyrocket and total system replacement becomes your only option.
Warning Signs of An AC Breakdown
Problems with air pressure typically stem from a clogged air filter (which requires a filter replacement – a simple DIY task), but weak airflow might also mean a damaged blower. When too much moisture settles inside your blower, it slows functionality.
If your AC is louder than usual, it might indicate a problem with the fan belt. Most likely, it has been misaligned due to exposure to excessive moisture.
This is usually caused by either a lack of coolant or an extremely rusted interior. If you’ve noticed you’ve been adding more coolant more often, it’s a sign that your system is overworked.
Keeping Your Unit Intact
To ensure that your AC unit runs efficiently – and dodges dysfunctions with filters, fan belts, and airflow – follow these AC inspection tips:
Clean up around your air conditioner
Outdoor condenser coils easily gather dirt when they’re surrounded by too much grass or shrubbery. This also blocks the airflow from your coils, increasing the workload of your unit and the cost of your cooling bill.
Change the air filter regularly
Changing the air filter at least once a month lowers your unit’s energy use from 5 to 15 percent.
Keep the condensation line clear
These lines drain away the moisture created by the air conditioning unit. Clogged drain lines often lead to water damage and affect indoor humidity levels.
Check off these AC essentials
- Ensure the correct amount of refrigerant recommended Freon levels vary by AC model.
- Use a leak detector to test for refrigerant leaks.
- Check and seal any duct leakage in central systems.
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil.
- Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system do not operate simultaneously.
- Inspect the electric terminals and tighten connections.
- Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear.
- Check thermostat accuracy.
Keep your air conditioning unit safe from humidity. High summer temps tend to slow your system down and create internal inefficiencies. If you feel the temperatures rising – and your airflow dropping or your fan belt making mangled noises – your AC is likely suffering from the humidity and working overtime to compensate.
Diagnose your AC issues before they become all-summer-long problems. Give your system the care it needs. Schedule a tune-up before the seasonal heat permeates your air conditioning unit and you have to pay for high utility bills and recurring repairs.
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