There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Having a basic understanding of how central HVAC systems work is very useful to building owners. If you know the basic functions of the main components in your system, you will be able to identify potential problems sooner. This definitely doesn't always mean that you will be able to fix these problems yourself, but it is always helpful to diagnose problems sooner rather than later so the issue can be taken care of. HVAC systems are quite complicated, so you don't need to have a deep understanding of each part of your system. But, knowing the most common issues and their signs will help remind many to actually get the problem fixed.
Signs That Your Evaporator Needs to Be Serviced
You often don't need to have any knowledge of how the evaporator system works in order to tell if there is a problem. One of the telltale signs of a failing evaporator is an increase of moisture in the air. The evaporator is designed to remove moisture from the air after it is heated up or cooled down. If it isn't doing this, then you have to worry about moist air pumping throughout your duct system and causing problems.
Not only will you often be able to feel if your air is more moist than normal, you might also have rusting or condensation on metal registers and vents. As soon as you start to notice that your air is not as dry or conditioned as it used to be, you should have your evaporator serviced.
Signs That Your Compressor Needs to Be Serviced
The compressor is another complicated component in a central HVAC system. It obviously isn't something that you should tinker with if you don't have HVAC training. You can tell if your compressor is having problems if you notice that your air conditioning is not as cool as it used to be. With a failed compressor, you won't necessarily notice less airflow; you will just notice that the air coming out is not as cold as it should be. A compressor basically uses electricity to create cold air. If it is damaged, it will use more electricity while producing less cold air.
It is also important to point out that the evaporator and compressor are actually interconnected systems. So, if the compressor becomes less effective, the evaporator probably will as well. So, good maintenance requires having both of these components serviced on a regular basis. To learn more about commercial HVAC systems, contact a company like J. P. Griffin Inc.