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If you live in Cleveland, TN, you know that you are going to experience long hot humid summers with temperatures above 90 degrees. These are times when we use the HVAC the most and are the most likely time it will break down.
These high temperatures increase the likelihood of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heatstroke especially among the young and the elderly. Air quality is often degraded as well and can be a difficult time for those that suffer from chronic breathing conditions like Asthma.
It is important to keep everyone cool and safe, so people must have access to reliable heating and AC repair companies. If your HVAC breaks down on a hot summer’s day you want somebody around quickly for a repair.
You want somebody who has trained technicians experienced in repairing most of the major appliances and has the spare parts in the van to complete the job quickly. You want Metro Plumbing, Heating, and Air.
We offer emergency services twenty-four hours a day every day, including holidays. Whatever your HVAC needs are, you can rely on us to help you.
Has Your HVAC System Been Regularly Serviced?
If you only follow one piece of advice from reading this article then it is that your HVAC is regularly serviced by one of Metro Plumbing, Heating, and Air’s highly trained technicians. A service will give you peace of mind by reducing the risk of needing a heating and AC repair. A service will also ensure that the HVAC is running safely and efficiently so reducing your energy bills.
HVACs are sturdy pieces of machinery, but they take a lot of punishment, especially during the summer months, and will break down occasionally. There are many components in your HVAC system that could break down so here are signs of potential trouble that you should be on the lookout for to avoid a heating and AC repair.
Problems with HVAC Units
There are several signs of trouble you should be aware of:
- The HVAC does not turn on or turn off for no reason.
- Ice and frost are forming the evaporator coil.
- Not enough cool air is produced.
- The unit makes strange noises.
- There are odd smells when it is turned on.
- There is a pooling of water in and around the unit.
If you encounter any of these signs you may need a heating and AC repair immediately, and further use of the HVAC risks damaging it further.
Frost and Ice on the Evaporator Coil
An evaporator coil needs a constant flow of warm air to be blown over it. If the airflow is restricted for any reason frost and ice can start to form on it. If this problem is ignored, then the coil could freeze completely, and the HVAC will need to be turned off to allow the coil to thaw.
Dirty air filters will restrict airflow and need to be replaced regularly. An added benefit of this will be to increase air quality as fewer particles of dirt and pollen will enter your home.
Low Coolant Levels
The coolant in your HVAC removes the heat and humidity from the air. Each HVAC will need a certain level of coolant within it to work effectively. Low levels of coolant will mean low levels of cooling. This can also contribute to frost and ice forming on the evaporator coil.
Dirty Condensers and Cooling Fins
The condenser and cooling fins will also need plenty of airflow over them. These components are located outside the building and will get covered in dirt and grime. The layer of dirt and grime will reduce the rate at which heat is transferred to the outside. This needs regular cleaning to remove debris. The condenser will need to work harder and could overwork itself, burning out and needing heating and AC repair.
Fans blow warm indoor air over the evaporator coil to cool it and outdoor air over the condenser to remove the heat outside the building. If they are damaged for any reason this will reduce the airflow.
A faulty fan can be due to the lack of lubrication or worn-out belts. If you hear screeching noises coming from the HVAC, it is likely that this is the case. Regular service from Metro’s technicians can help prevent this and the need for expensive heating and AC repair.
Clogged AC Drains
Any moisture removed from the warm air inside your home is deposited in a pan inside the unit. This water then flows outside through an AC drain line. The drain line can be blocked by mold and algae growing inside the line. If it blocks, then the water will overflow from the pan and form pools of water inside the unit or on the surrounding floor.
This can also give rise to increased levels of humidity in your home and the smell of mold. A blocked drain line could cause the HVAC to shut down, so it is also worth checking if it is blocked by leaves or dirt before you call a heating and AC repair company in Cleveland, TN.
Each component in your HVAC can be impacted by a problem with the other components. For example, as the evaporator coil starts to freeze it will need to work harder to maintain the cooling effect. The other components will also work harder to do the same.
Harder working components are more likely to overheat and burn out and need replacing during a heating and AC repair. Your energy bills will also increase, so it pays in the long term to have your HVAC serviced. An overheated component could be the cause of strange smells, coming from the HVAC.
A Trusted Heating and AC Repair Company
Metro Plumbing, Heating, and Air have been offering quality and affordable HVAC services to our local community of Cleveland, TN. Anybody who has needed an HVAC repair during the hot summer will know how stressful an experience it can be. Let us reduce that stress by sending one of our highly trained technicians around to you ASAP.