Now that hot weather is upon us, you probably don’t need much of a reminder about the importance of a properly functioning air conditioner. Annual service is the only way to be sure your system will work efficiently when you need it the most. A professional technician has the experience and technology to clean and inspect your system for possible problems, including:
Condenser Unit – The condenser unit releases the heat outdoors and cools the refrigerant traveling to the air handler. Several parts examined and cleaned are:
- Fins: Outside air flows in the fins. Over time the fins become dirty and airflow is restricted.
- Coils: The coils release the heat as the air flowing over the coils cools the refrigerant. Dirt accumulates on the coils, hindering the process.
Refrigerant Line – The line carries cooled refrigerant from the condenser to the air handler. Areas of concern are:
- Insulation: Insulation protects the line from outside air. The refrigerant will be affected if the line is harmed.
- Refrigerant levels: The levels are specific amounts according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Low levels indicate a leak.
Air Handler – The air handler is the machined that “conditions” the air and returns it to your rooms. For this process to function correctly these parts are examined:
- Evaporator coils: The coils collect dirt, making it difficult to transfer heat and cool the coils.
- Condensate drain: A blocked drain will cause the condensate pan to accumulate water, creating excess humidity in the air.
Ducts – Ducts transfer the conditioned air to your rooms. If the ducts develop leaks from loose seams, several problems will occur:
- Dirt: Pollutants will enter the ducts and travel to your rooms.
- Mold: If moisture enters the leaks, mold will form inside the ducts and produce an unpleasant odor.
Your air conditioner will prosper with annual maintenance and provide your family with a cool, comfortable home during the summer. For more information on preventive maintenance, contact the expert team at Overland Park Heating and Cooling, Inc., serving Kansas City and the surrounding areas.
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