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October was a crazy one for Florida residents and much of the United States. With millions of Americans still picking through the damage, others are probably grateful it wasn’t so bad for them. However, not all damage is obvious. This is particularly true when it comes to air conditioners.
If you did not carefully inspect your unit, it may have suffered some sort of impact without you realizing it. Not all damage results in complete stoppage of a unit. Sometimes the damage is something that remains unnoticed for months. Until one day the air conditioner quits on you. Here are some commonly overlooked problems that could cause your air conditioner to die completely.
While a major leak would cause the unit to be unable to cool altogether, a small refrigerant leak can go unnoticed for weeks. If you notice that your air conditioner is low in refrigerant or have noticed any drips, it is possible you have a leak.
A leak is something that a trained technician such as Adams Air Conditioning should take a look at. Each air conditioner has its own refrigerant charge level, and a trained technician can make sure they add or remove exactly the right amount. This will allow your air conditioner to work at its best.
Electrical problems are another thing that could have been created during the storms. Corrosion on electrical contacts can easily cause a breakdown in your air conditioner. This is something that you will be unable to safely fix yourself.
During a maintenance service call, technicians will usually check these to make sure they are working correctly. If you happen to notice rusting, corrosion, or (more urgently) sparks coming from your air conditioner’s electrical systems, contact a technician immediately.
Remember that electrical fires are some of the most common in the united states, and the last thing you want is to have survived a storm just to have your house burn down.
Dirty Condenser Coils
Condenser coils are responsible for ensuring proper heat transfer from your home to the outside air. If these become dirty, they become less efficient. Since they are part of the outside unit, a dirty condenser coil is a fairly common problem to have. Dirt, grime, and other pollutants can stack up and compromise the ability of the unit to do its job. This is something you can generally clean yourself.
As with any other maintenance task – if you are not sure what you are doing, call a professional.
The last issue we will touch is drainage issues. If an air conditioner is incorrectly mounted or if it is knocked off its mount then drainage problems are likely to occur. Make sure that your air conditioner is properly draining, or it may become clogged. This is especially true for Floridians since humidity is sky high for most of the year.
When In Doubt – Get Inspected
If you have any doubts regarding your unit’s efficiency, do not hesitate to have the unit inspected. Routine maintenance checks and inspections are critical to prolonging the life of your air conditioner and minimizing costs. This is especially true after major storms when damage you might not notice can take root and go unnoticed until your air conditioner finally decides to quit.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.