Air conditioners are by no means inexpensive. At Momentum AC, we talk to customers all the time who have ruined their AC units and yet have absolutely no idea how they have done so. When it comes down to it, there are several ways that your perfectly functioning air conditioner can reach the end of its life prematurely. In this post, you will learn precisely why AC units stop working out of the blue and what you can do to prevent this from happening in your home. Check out what not to do below.
You don’t change your air filter.
When you forget to change the air filter in your unit, it can easily block the airflow over the AC’s evaporator coil. This part of the unit works to cool the air, and when it gets too cold, this coil will freeze up. This means that your air conditioner simply cannot do it’s job. We get it, life gets busy and it’s easy to not remember to do everything that needs to be completed from time to time. However, it’s important that you don’t forget replacing your filter because once the coil freezes up, it is just a matter of time before your liquid refrigerant flows to the outside unit’s compressor, which is essentially the engine of your unit. This part will then have to be replaced, which is an extremely expensive process.
Many people think that by closing air vents in rooms of their home that they do not use, that they can save money on the energy bill. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Choosing to close off the vents can lead to your evaporator coil to freeze up, just as a dirty air filter can. We now know where this will lead, so it’s best to leave all of the vents in your home open.
You are covering your air conditioner.
While your outdoor AC unit may not be the most lovely thing to look at, you also need to leave it free of debris. Covering the outside unit with bushes, a fence, or some sort of decoration will not do you any favor. In fact, covering up your unit will lead to your AC’s compressor overheating as it cannot release the heat outside the way it is meant to. In order to avoid this, keep a minimum of two feet of space around your entire unit at all times.
Need help with your air conditioner?
If you are struggling to figure out why your air conditioner isn’t working the way it is supposed to or you have accidentally broken your AC unit, it’s time to call in the professionals. Momentum AC employees a team of highly knowledgeable and professional HVAC contractors, but we also take much pride in the work that we complete at every home we visit. Contact us today and let us know what is happening with your AC unit. We can send someone out to look at it quickly and help you to find a solution for an affordable price.