As the blistering San Antonio summer begins to rear its ugly head again, phones are ringing off the hook for AC repair and our spring service calls. Those units that were humming along last year during the blazing heat have been neglected for the duration of an especially cold winter. As a result, our AC repair technicians are as busy as ever servicing the many Air conditioner repair problems all over the city. But, with so many homeowners needing repairs, some are forgetting to ask the right question: what are some ways to care and maintain my air conditioning unit so it doesn’t need any major AC repairs?
Should your outside AC condenser coils be clean?
We recently wrote about the role that cleaning and maintaining your units’ filters in staving off costly AC repairs, and this month we’re helping even more homeowners out by writing about the importance of your air conditioner’s coils. There are different types of coils in most AC units; these are the evaporator coils and the condenser coils. Condenser coils are located outside of your home in your condenser unit and are chiefly responsible for expelling the heat from your home and flushing heated refrigerant from your home. Over time, these coils can be covered with dirt, which makes it harder to transfer the heat from inside your home to the outside. This can inevitably lead to a more inefficient unit and, of course, emergency AC repairs. Just as condenser coils release captured heat outside, evaporator coils are responsible for capturing the heat and thus require immediate repairs when they become dirty or non-functioning.
Ask your AC technician if your condenser coils need to be cleaned?
To ensure these parts don’t get too dirty and demand AC repair, homeowners must contact their professional, licensed HVAC company. The technician will come to your home, inspect your unit, and perform the maintenance needed should any be required. It is essential that you trust this task to only licensed professionals whose work you trust. So-called “discount” AC repair technicians will often cut corners and leave homeowners in a bind when it comes time to use their units heavily. Don’t be fooled by a cheap price; that price is often concealing shoddy work or below standard parts. Sure, you may save a few dollars by handing work to the discount AC repair workers, but your costs will far outweigh any small amount you saved once your air conditioner is malfunctioning and you need repairs.