Everyone in Glendora understands the benefits of having a well functioning Air Conditioning unit. However, we don’t always take the right steps to ensure that our A/Cs are in tip top shape. Perhaps if Glendora locals had a better understanding of the different components of their air conditioners and why they require routine maintenance, they would be more willing to take on the minimal costs of repairs and maintenance to improve their system’s efficiency and prolong its productivity.
Why do Air Conditioners Need Maintenance?
In the warmer months, A/C units are a must to ensure home comfort and safety. It doesn’t just stop there. Air conditioners also improve, condition, the air inside of your home by controlling humidity, circulating the air and purifying it. While controlling temperature is the main function of an A/C unit, without these additional comfort benefits, your home would simply not be the same.
Taking into account all of what your air conditioner does for your home, it makes it easier to factor in routine maintenance into your schedule. However, it would help even more to have an understanding of how each component in your system contributes to these benefits and why they need to be maintained regularly in order to your system to run effectively.
The different components of an air conditioner explained
Compressor – The compressor is the single most important component of an air conditioning system. While an A/C needs all of its components to function, the compressor is the catalyst to the entire cooling process. It pressurizes refrigerant and in a series of heat transfers, sends it into the home as a cool liquid to cool the home. A well maintained compressor will ensure that your home receives cold air and releases warm air. Which, of course, is the goal when running the A/C
If your A/C runs loudly, your compressor could be the culprit. A leak and the system not cooling as efficiently are also signs that your compressor may need servicing. Do yourself and your bank account a favor and ensure your compressor never has issues with routine maintenance.
Expansion Valve – Once the refrigerant has been compressed into a cool liquid, the expansion valve gives way for the refrigerant to take its gaseous state. This allows for the cooled, now gas, to flow throughout your home and reduce the indoor temperature. Any issues in the expansion valve will absolutely affect system performance.
A few things to watch for as signs of a faulty or failing expansion valve are poor AC efficiency, frost and a continuously running compressor. If you notice any of these signs of a failing expansion valve, contact an HVAC tech immediately. Any of these signs would be easily noticed during an inspection from a trained AC specialist.
Evaporator – The evaporator coils work to extract the heat and humidity from each individual room of your home. This is the process of conditioning your hoe and is what gives the illusion that an A/C “cools” your home. In reality, it is simply extracting heat and moisture and replacing it with a more neutral air (refrigerant).
Condenser – As evaporator coils draw in hot air from within the home, condenser coils work to push hot air outside of the A/C system’s outdoor unit. They are complimentary systems in this way and, therefore, require similar maintenance. As they work to consistently transfer air throughout the day, both systems of coils are exposed to dust and dirt. Keeping these coils clean is a must to ensure the best system efficiency possible.
Homeowners likely won’t feel comfortable inspecting these coils themselves. This means that regular AC maintenance is a must. Dirt buildup can eventually clog up these coils entirely, rendering your system, useless. Leaks can also occur in older systems. Have an HVAC tech ensure that your system is ready to handle the heat.
If you notice a problem in any of these key components of your HVAC system, contact 25 Dollar Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning right away to get your system back in working order. To make sure your system runs smoothly throughout the year, ask us about maintenance plans.