Most people today consider the air conditioner in the home to be an essential item. When this system is not reliable, it leads to frustration. In many cases, this system runs without any issues for years.
However, it is best to service the system regularly to make certain this is the case, as nobody wants their AC to fail on the hottest day of the year. Unfortunately, that’s when problems are usually seen. What are the effects of not having a reliable AC system?
Poor Air Quality in the Home
The HVAC system of the home directly affects its indoor air quality. When the system isn’t properly maintained, it won’t filter out particles in the air. They then move through the home, possibly causing health issues in the process.
These airborne pollutants have nowhere else to go. By changing the air filter in the system regularly, a homeowner can reduce these particulates and have cleaner air to breathe. This is because the filter can trap more of them before they make their way into the air.
Most manufacturers recommend changing the air filter every one to three months. However, talk to the HVAC technician from Valley Heating and Cooling when they visit the home.
This task might need to be carried out more often, particularly if there are pets in the home or a loved one has a respiratory health issue. Not only will the technician help determine how often the filter needs to be changed, but which type should be used.
A dirty filter is only one thing associated with an HVAC system that can lead to health issues. Older systems may have bacteria, fungi, and pollen present in the unit. These systems remain breeding grounds for them because they are exposed to rain and high temperatures. The number of microorganisms will increase the longer the system is used.
While some contaminants won’t lead to health issues, they can clog the system. This brings on a whole new set of issues. Call for a routine cleaning and maintenance of the system to prevent these issues from arising.
Rising Utility Bills
A poorly maintained system must work harder to keep the home at the desired temperature. This leads to higher energy bills, which nobody wants. Energy costs are rising for everyone, and the amount the bill goes up could be drastic for those homeowners who have failed to maintain their HVAC systems.
When the system is in good working order, it can easily keep the home comfortable. The technician not only clean and maintains the unit, but they also inspect all parts to ensure they are functioning as they should. If any problems are found, they can be addressed before they lead to a complete system breakdown.
As previously mentioned, regular cleaning and maintenance of the HVAC system help to catch problems early. This keeps repair costs down while ensuring the system operates when you need it to.
If the system isn’t maintained, it will be subject to more wear and tear. This means the components will wear out quicker and the system won’t last as long as expected. Repairs will be needed on a regular basis, and they can be very costly.
Many components may fail in the system. No homeowner wants to learn they must replace a failed compressor, as this repair could be costly. Other problems the technician might find include pitted contacts or broken fan blades.
Damaged capacitors are common, as is poor amperage. With the help of an experienced technician, however, these problems can be resolved quickly and easily.
Regular AC maintenance helps to prevent these problems. In addition, it increases the efficiency of the unit. Airflow will improve with regular cleanings and maintenance, as well. Call today to schedule this work, so there will be no cause for concern.
Damage to the Environment
When a system is not properly maintained, it could harm the environment. The same is true for older units found in many homes today. Older models made use of volatile chemicals that have been shown to harm the environment. These refrigerants deplete the ozone if they are not properly handled.
If the unit fails, the refrigerant can make its way into the atmosphere where it will do this harm to the ozone. Manufacturers now realize this and make use of environmentally friendly refrigerants, ones that won’t harm the planet if they accidentally leak.
Speak to the HVAC technician to see if it is time to invest in a new air conditioner. Doing so could not only reduce the risk of a system breakdown, but it could also help save this beautiful planet.
Regular cleaning and maintenance help to improve the reliability of the HVAC system. The first sign a homeowner may have that they forgot one of these visits is when the unit begins making unusual noises. Any new noise from the system should lead to a call to an HVAC technician.
Often, this is a sign that a part has come loose or is breaking. Have the unit inspected immediately to prevent further damage and get the problem resolved in a timely manner. Doing so ensures the system works when the temperature begins climbing outdoors.
Call to have the system inspected whenever noises from the system become noticeable. Modern air conditioners are designed to work in the background. You may hear the unit turn on or off or a quiet hum when it is in operation.
Noises other than these suggest there is a problem within the system. Call before this problem leads to the system not working at all. Doing so provides peace of mind.
Nobody wants to come home to a hot house after a long day. This is incredibly frustrating, as the home is supposed to be a place where a person can relax and unwind. Doing so is difficult when the home is hot.
Call to have the system cleaned and professionally maintained today. Doing so will increase the reliability of the system, so the homeowner has one less thing to worry about.