You would be surprised how many times our HVAC technicians are dispatched for simple air conditioning fixes. When this happens, a home or business owner may be causing the issue without knowing it. Below are some of the most common ways that people can be damaging their home air conditioner.
A Dirty Air Filter
Perhaps the number one issue with an AC unit or central air conditioner is a dirty air filter. We recommend changing your air filters at least once every 60 days. However, you should change these filters every 30 days if you notice they are filthy when changing them every 60 days. Remember, it is better to change out inexpensive filters more frequently than spending more on pricey filters and keeping them in longer to cut down on costs.
Blocked Air Return System
The return air systems in your home can usually be found in your hallways or on the ceiling. Even though they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing things to look at, they exist for a reason. These returns vents are essential for your heating and cooling system to work correctly.
By blocking these vents, your air conditioner does not get the warm air from your indoor spaces. This is one of the main reasons you will see your evaporator coil freeze over. Restricted airflow can also cause your central air unit to overheat and can even cause a catastrophic failure.
Closed Air Vents
There are a few misconceptions when it comes to your home or business cooling system. One myth people tend to believe is that closing vents in unused rooms will help other rooms warm or cool down faster. The idea probably comes from thinking that more conditioned air will be blown into spaces where it will be enjoyed by closing these vents. In reality, closed or blocked vents cause your heating and cooling units to work harder. Remember, airflow is critical, if you wish, you can use furniture to hide air vents, but you should at least leave 6 inches between the vent and the furniture so air can get in.
One of the most commons our technicians are unnecessarily called has to do with easily fixable thermostat issues. The main culprits include dead batteries and incorrect programming. Many times people will program their thermostat and forget to change the programming as their situation changes. For example, maybe you have been working from home for the last year but will soon be returning to the office. You may not need the house to be quite as cool during the day when you are not home. Or you have your summer cooling program set but forget to change to the heating program once it begins to get cold outside.
Call the Right HVAC Team
Remember that any reputable heating and cooling company will be ready, willing, and able to help with your HVAC issues. However, the tips above can help avoid a dispatch call when the issue is caused by a simple mistake that can be fixed. If you believe your air conditioner is not working or has broken down, call us today at (801) 601-1298 for fast and friendly service.