When you have invested in an air conditioning system for your home, you want to make sure that your investment lasts you for as long as possible. However, your air conditioner is a machine, and just like all other machines, eventually, it is going to need a repair. When this happens, it is often easy to get overwhelmed and not know how precisely to proceed. It would be our advice that you contact your local Tampa air conditioning repair company as soon as you discover that something is wrong with your AC unit. At Momentum AC, we provide the best services meant to provide you with long-term satisfaction and a system that you can rely on. Learn more about your system and how we can complete repairs should you experience issues with yours.

The Basics Of Your Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioning is part of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system (HVAC) in your home. Some of the components of this system are stored inside your home, while others remain on your house’s exterior.

The main thing your AC system needs in order to cool your home is refrigerant (also known as Freon). Freon is compressed by a compressor into a high-pressure gas. It is then released into a closed loop made of copper tubing. Since refrigerant has the ability to both absorb and release heat at a very rapid pace, your home is able to stay cool.

You can normally find the condenser coil and compressor mounted on a pad on the exterior of your home. On the other hand, your evaporator and blowers (also known as the air handler) are most often located in the basement, attic, or a closet in the home. The blower, which is able to serve as both the AC and the furnace, attaches to ducts in the home that work as pathways that move air throughout the home. The entire system is then controlled by the thermostat inside the home.

How Long Do Air Conditioning Systems Typically Last?

The lifespan of an air conditioner depends on a number of different factors such as how often the unit is used as well as how often it is maintenanced. In most cases, a normal air conditioner will last between 10 and 15 years. An air conditioner that is neglected or that is used far more frequently than normal will probably last closer to 10 years instead. On the other hand, some air conditioners have been known to last anywhere from 20 to 25 years if they are maintained properly throughout the years.

How Often Do System Filters Need To Be Replaced?

If you are someone who does not know when the last time was that you changed the filter in your AC system, don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, most people don’t realize how often they have to replace their filter, and this is what normally results in a need for a professional AC technician to come perform maintenance on your unit.

If you want to avoid this, you need to ensure that you are changing out your AC filter about every 90 days. Be sure, however, that when you purchasing your new filter, that you have acquired the right one. Additionally, we like to suggest that people buy several filters at a time so that they are always able to replace their old dirty one on schedule every three months or so.

Does My System Really Need Annual Maintenance

Yes! Your system absolutely needs to have regular maintenance performed if you want to ensure that it is going to run correctly and for many years. Since your AC unit is just like any other mechanical system, it cannot do its job without check-ins every once in a while. Getting regular maintenance performed on your air conditioner is just like taking your car in to get an oil change every 3,000 or so miles. It has to be done, otherwise, your engine will dry out and stop working entirely. While you may feel like car maintenance is more important than AC maintenance, we very much doubt that you would feel that way if your air conditioner stops working in the middle of summer.

How Do I Know If Something Is Wrong With My Air Conditioner?

There are many different things that can cause your air conditioner to stop working so knowing how to properly troubleshoot will come in handy for you as a homeowner. The first thing to realize is that there are far more reasons your unit will stop working other than it needing to be repaired. For example, if your power is shut off in your home, your AC is going to stop working as well. Rule out simple solutions for why your AC isn’t working before you call your local HVAC specialist. If you have ruled out any other reason for issues with your air other than your air conditioner, then you might be experiencing the aftermath of any of the following problems:

You Have Faulty Wiring In Your System

It is possible that you are experiencing issues with your air conditioner because of faulty wiring in your unit. If you did not have the AC unit in your home installed and it is leftover from the previous owners, you and your home could be at risk. Bad wiring is not only a hazard as it can start a fire, but it can also prevent the system from getting the power it needs or can trip the circuit breaker.


Your Refrigerant Is Low Or Leaking

As we mentioned before, refrigerant, or Freon, is the chemical that is used to cool the air that is within your AC unit. If the levels of refrigerant get too low, it could mean that you are dealing with a leak or a problem with the entire refrigerant system. Most of the time, a leak is the answer and should be located and repaired by a professional as soon as possible.


The Outside Fan Isn’t Working

The outside fan is the part of your HVAC system that conveys heat from your home to the outside air. If the outside fan is not doing its job, heat transfer cannot happen that the air conditioning compressor could possibly overheat. This can even cause internal damage to the compressor.


The Outside Unit Is Not Functional

While the cause of this is normally a lack of power, the outside unit may not work because of a thermostat is now faulty as well.


The Coil In Your Air Conditioner Is Frozen

If you notice that the coil is frozen in your unit, it could indicate that there is a problem with airflow. This could be anything from restrictions being caused by dirty air filters or a blockage in a return air duct. If the indoor coils are frozen, this could also be a sign that your refrigerant is low.

When To Call For Air Conditioning Repair

Sometimes it is incredibly obvious when there is a need for repair, but the main indicator is when you notice that your air conditioning bills are going up when you have not been using more AC than normal. You may also want to pay attention to your air conditioner’s performance because if you notice it is not doing the same things it normally does or working as well, it may be in need of repair. It is important that even if you think you might be paranoid, that you contact your local HVAC specialist to complete an inspection. The longer these repairs go without being tended to, the more likely it will become that you are going to have to replace your AC unit rather than simply have it repaired.

Choosing The Right Tampa A/C Repair Team

When it comes to allowing an HVAC team in your home to take a look at your air conditioner and repair it, it’s not always so simple as you might wish. After all, there are so many HVAC specialists who claim they will offer their customers the moon, but when it comes down to you, they underdeliver and their services are underwhelming to say the least. If you want to make sure you are going to get everything you are paying for, follow the tips below when hiring a company for air conditioning repair.

Look For Reviews and Testimonials

Plain and simple, if someone is happy with the services or products they received from a company, they are going to talk about it online. The same can also be said about people who have negative experiences with an HVAC company. If the services weren’t what were promised, believe us, there will be scathing reviews online stating just that. On the other hand, the best HVAC companies tend to have glowing recommendations on Google and their Testimonials page as well (just check out ours).


Beware Of Super Low Prices

Sure, everyone like a good deal, but what happens when an extremely low quote is not a bargain but instead is just cheap? Cheap contractors are known to cut corners which will likely cause you to have to spend more money in the long run. If you are being quoted similar prices by all of the contractors you have spoken with, and all of a sudden someone is claiming they can do the same job for half the price, be aware that it is likely not going to be good high-quality service.


Know Who Is Going To Show Up At Your House

There isn’t a single homeowner who we have ever met who likes to have a stranger in their home, so clearly, more than one stranger is not welcomed either. A good HVAC company not only will vet their employees before hiring them to ensure they are more than trustworthy, but their technicians should also show up looking like professionals because that is precisely what they are. You will know as soon as you set your sights on our team that you will be getting amazing service from truthful and experienced HVAC specialists.


Does The Company Have A Physical Address?

While there are many contractors who operation out of their own home office, this is not considered a real physical address for their business. It is, after all, where they live. While not every contractor who works out of his/her home is untrustworthy, there are some who certainly are. It is always our advice that you avoid contractors like this and instead hire an HVAC company that has a physical address.


Does The Company’s Fleet Reassure You?

Some contractors drive unmarked vehicles that might not inspire much faith in the company you have hired. If a company pulls up in front of your home with a fleet that looks professional and is clearly marked, you are much more likely feel comfortable with these contractors entering your home to repair your air conditioner.


Is The Company Insured and Licensed?

It is extremely important that you hire an HVAC company that is both insured and licensed. Licensing is a minimum requirement for all air conditioning repair companies. Under no circumstances should you ever hire a contractor who is not licensed. Additionally, hiring a company that does not have insurance means that you could be responsible for any member of their team that is injured on your property. This is something that can easily be avoided if you simply hire an insured Tampa HVAC company.

Momentum AC Is Here For You

If you live in the Tampa area and you are in need of air conditioning repair in your home, we can help you in no time when you contact Momentum AC. Our experienced team knows how to spot issues with your HVAC system, as well as how to fix them in no time at all. Call us right now if you have any questions about your air conditioning unit or repairs that you might believe need to be performed on it. Trust us, you will not find a better HVAC company to care for your air conditioning system.