Air conditioners do break down. Though not often, after a couple of years your air conditioning system will have served its lifetime and require repairs or full replacements. Depending on the quality, size and manufacturing factors, your system will serve you between five to fifteen years. Occasionally, you can increase the lifetime of your system, its efficiency and general performance. This is possible through good maintenance such as regular servicing and replacement of worn-out parts.
But, this is usually overlooked until the performance of the system becomes noticeably affected. Some common tell signs include an unfamiliar sound, leaking fluid, or complete none performance. When these happen, only a technician can repair your system and shed light on why it has broken down. These are the top reasons
- It has served its lifetime – Depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines and other factors, an AC system should last five to fifteen years. AC systems are designed for long-term service with some guaranteeing lifetime service. When purchasing your systems, it is wise to be keen on service lifetime and select the best option. A few years to its service time or after, you should expect reduced performance, the constant need for repair and eventually total breakdown.
- Poor maintenance practices – When was the last time you cleaned your filters or drained your HVAC system? If you do not remember, it is definitely a long time ago. Occasional cleaning and replacement of the filters, draining the fluid, or oiling parts are necessary maintenance practices to ensure your system’s performance remains unaffected. You do not have to do it yourself as there are several things to be done and you lack the expertise to do it. Professional HVAC systems technician offer maintenance services and do advice on best practice for optimum performance. They will identify and replace worn out parts as well as carry out diagnostic tests for further analysis of your system’s performance. Since this servicing is done once in a while, it is best to contract a professional. You also get to solicit free advice and tips from them. For instance, a valuable tip is to keep the area around your system clear of any bushes as these affect the inflow of air into the system.
- Broken thermostat – Ideally, the AC system should work intelligently; regulating its temperature accordingly as the air temperature changes. If your Ac does not seem to know when to turn on or off, and it’s a digital type, there is something wrong with its thermostat. Even for the manual one that you have to keep regulating the temperature periodically, if it’s not responding accordingly, the thermostat is probably broken. This can be replaced and have your system running in no time. However, you need to be keen when setting the thermostat to quickly notice a fault when it occurs.
- Installation – How do you have your AC installed? Did you use a professional or decided to DIY? The location of your AC will determine how well it performs. An AC should be installed in an open area with free-flowing air and no barriers. This allows inflow and exists of air as well as proper circulation throughout the house. If poorly installed, for instance, if you have placed objects right in front of your ac, air will not flow in or out efficiently. This means unless you are sitting close to the AC you will not notice how it’s regulating the air temperature. The best position is to have it set on rooftops or forms with open spaces. But this will depend on your interior design and needs.
Your AC breaking down should not leave you clueless on what the cause is or how to fix it. The above are top reasons why your ac would break and as discussed, each reason can result in a quick fix or replacement of parts. Call on Air in Motion HVAC experts today to take control of your interior temperatures.