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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer?

changing-the-air-filterSummer is the ultimate test for air conditioners. It’s when your AC will be working the longest and hardest. Near-constant use, combined with the hot weather, will put your system under strain. Luckily, your AC is ready to deal with this strain if it has been properly maintained.

If you haven’t had maintenance in a while, don’t worry—it’s not too late. There’s still time to call for a comprehensive tune-up. In the meantime, here are a few things that you can check.

Dirty Air Filter

Changing your air filter is the simplest thing you can do to improve the performance, efficiency, and life of your air conditioner. It’s that simple.

To clear up any misunderstandings, the air filter is not there to purify or clean the air that enters your home. The air filter protects the AC’s parts and components from dirt and dust. When these contaminants enter your unit, it can cause many problems that affect the efficiency and performance of your AC, such as short-cycling, overheating, or…

Dirty Coils

In every air conditioner, whether it’s central air or a ductless, there are two sets of coils responsible for the function of your air conditioner. The outdoor coil, also known as the condenser coil, releases heat. The indoor coil, known as the evaporator coil, exchanges heat and helps to create the cool air that you rely on for comfort.

Both of these coils must be in direct contact with the air to work properly. That’s why a layer of dust on either coil can spell trouble for your AC, especially when the weather starts heating up.

Since it’s located outside, it’s no surprise that the condenser coil is at risk of getting dirty. If left uncleaned, the dust will form an insulator and trap the heat. If this goes on for too long, it will lead to your AC overheating.

As for rhe evaporator coil, it shouldn’t get too dirty unless the air filter hasn’t been changed. The evaporator coil absorbs heat for transferring to the outside, but a dirty coil will stay cold. The condensation will eventually freeze, and your coil will turn into a popsicle. If this is the case, don’t try to chip away the ice, or you’ll risk causing damage. Turn off the AC, call for repairs, and let the frost melt in the meantime.

Refrigerant Leaks

While you’re inspecting your coils, you’ll want to check for refrigerant leaks. Over time, gradual wear-and-tear can create pinhole leaks. These leaks are also called “champagne leaks” due to the bubbles that form around them, so you might be able to detect some leaks based on that alone. Hissing and gurgling noises are also indicators of refrigerant leaks.

Refrigerant is essential to the heating and cooling process of your air conditioner. Any loss of refrigerant is a bad sign and needs to be inspected immediately by a quality air conditioning repair in Orem, UT

It’s not too late to have your AC checked by a professional. Contact Skylake Heating & Air today for comprehensive tune-ups and more.

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