While to some it may be common knowledge, other people may not know that you need to regularly have your air conditioning system maintained and tuned up. Should you go extended periods of time not having your AC checked up, it can lead to several mechanical issues, as well as other problems.
Continue reading how foregoing maintenance can affect your AC unit, as well as how it could affect the various types of AC.
With a ductless AC, one may think that since it does not have the normal ductwork like a central air conditioner, it does not require much upkeep. That could not be farther from the truth.
If you aren’t getting AC unit maintenance on your ductless system (also known as a mini-split), it could lead to a decrease in efficiency. For instance, if your coils in both the indoor and outdoor units have accumulated dust and dirt, this will affect how the temperature is moderated. Additionally, it will add stress to your mini-split and can cause other components, like the compressor, to work harder and cause damage.
Traditional, Central AC
Several issues can affect the overall health of your air conditioning system, such as:
- Refrigerant leaks
- Dirty coils
- Thermostat issues
- Dirty air filters
- Poor air quality
All of these issues can be easily overlooked or forgotten about. As time goes on, they affect the way your AC performs. To prevent this, change out your air filters monthly to improve the air quality and prevent mold and mildew from growing in your ductwork.
As mentioned, thermostat issues can lead directly to your AC not functioning properly. If your thermostat is not working, you may not be able to regulate or change the temperature, heat/cool functions or fan settings. Should this happen, your AC can decrease in efficiency from being stuck in one mode for too long, as well as affect the comfort levels in your home.
There are a few problems that are specific to window AC units. For example, if you are having issues with water leaks, that means that your drain pan has moved away from the drain port. You should always make sure your window unit is leveled, otherwise, water could back up and create even more leaks.
Since the majority of your window unit is outside, the natural elements can negatively affect your air conditioner. For example, debris and obstruction from dirt and leaves can cause build-ups and prevent drainage. To ensure this does not happen, have your window units regularly tuned up!
How To Prevent These Issues
Now that you know what happens when you don’t get an AC tune-up, you can put forth a plan of action. Putting off or simply ignoring problems and malfunctions with your AC system can lead to a number of issues. Not only will it lead to costly repairs or even replacements, but it can be potentially dangerous for your health and home. This is especially bad if you or others suffer from respiratory conditions, like asthma, or allergies.
It is better to have your air conditioning regularly maintained by a certified technician, who can assess the condition of your air conditioner and what to do. Most AC companies offer guarantees or plans, such as Mission AC’s club plan that include maintenance visits.
For Houston AC Tune-ups, Choose Mission AC
Should your AC system, whether it’s a ductless, central or window unit, need some tender, loving care, call Mission AC today!