Prevent Clogged Condensate Drain Lines!
- All HVAC systems have drain lines that remove condensation produced by the evaporator coil while in cooling mode. Condensation is not produced during the heating season which makes your drain line a prime location for insects to make their home. These lines routinely clog and if not quickly addressed, water can seep into the home and cause damage. Slow draining or clogged drain lines can also let mold and algae grow and cause musty odors.
Check Electrical Components!
- HVAC systems use electrical circuits to control their various functions. While the simplest systems can only turn on and off, contemporary systems often have multiple-speed blower and condenser fan motors, reversing valves for heat pumps, capacitors and more! If any of the motors malfunction the system will not operate properly. A failed capacitor will prevent a motor from starting and all of a system’s motors must run for the cooling or heating to function properly.
Verify Refrigerant Levels!
- HVAC systems operate with refrigerant in a closed-loop system. In theory, the amount of refrigerant in the system should remain constant for the life of the system. Many times, however, a leak develops somewhere in the refrigerant loop, refrigerant will be lost and the system will transfer heat less effectively. Finding the leak, repairing the leak, and replacing lost refrigerant is necessary to bring the system back to its full operating potential.
Clean Condenser Coils!
- Dirty coils significantly reduce the cooling capacity of your system and could make your system work harder than necessary to reach the set point on your thermostat.
Nip Potential Problems in the Bud!
- Too often people wait until there is a problem before calling a HVAC professional. Everyone is guilty of it. The adage of “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings true with your HVAC systems.