HVAC Fails and How to Prevent Them

Air conditioning failures can be a frustrating and costly experience, especially during the hot summer months. Not only can they result in uncomfortable living conditions, but they can also lead to expensive repairs and replacements. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid air conditioning failures and keep your system running smoothly. Here are a few of the HVAC fails we frequently encounter and how you can avoid them. 

Lack of Preventative Maintenance

One of the most common causes of air conditioning failures is the lack of regular maintenance which leads to more costly problems over time. Air conditioning systems require regular maintenance to operate efficiently and effectively. We recommend annual maintenance by a licensed NATE-certified HVAC technician. Our technicians inspect and clean all of the components of your system, including filters, coils, and refrigerants. Additionally, we can identify and repair any potential issues before they become more significant.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters are another common cause of air conditioning failures. When air filters become clogged with dirt and debris, restricted airflow causes the system to work harder to cool your home. This will lead to reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and eventually mechanical failures.

We recommend checking and replacing your air filters regularly. Most air filters should be replaced every one to three months, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations and usage. Additionally, higher-quality air filters capture dust and debris more effectively than the cheaper ones, saving you money in the long run. 

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the fluid component that produces cold air in your air conditioning system, and leaks are another common cause of A/C failures. You might notice your unit is on but not producing cold air, a smell of exhaust, or even a hissing or bubbling noise if the leak is large enough. It’s not only bad for your energy costs, but it can also pose a health hazard. If you suspect a leak, you should call a licensed HVAC technician right away. 

Electrical Problems

Electrical problems can also cause air conditioning failures. Issues with the thermostat, wiring, or other electrical components can cause the system to malfunction, leading to poor performance and costly repairs.

Again, we recommend regular maintenance and inspections to avoid possible electrical issues. 

Component Failure

Last, other components of your system are also subject to failure over time, including the compressor, condenser, or blower motor. Component failures can be the most costly to repair and may require replacing the entire system.

If you’ve had the same air conditioning system for several years and suspect your system is not performing at optimal efficiency, or if the system hasn’t had a tuneup in some time, it’s a good idea to schedule a maintenance visit to identify and replace any worn or damaged components before they cause significant problems. You can count on our HomePro technicians to provide an honest estimate and detailed explanation of all of the services we’re providing. Call 317-271-2665 to schedule your spring tune-up today.