The most common type of air conditioning system found in homes uses chemical refrigerant to transfer heat from inside the house to the outside. But this isn’t the only option available for a home when it comes to summertime comfort. There are also evaporative coolers, which work in a different way.
AC Comfort Blog: Archive for July, 2018
We’re strong advocates of regular air conditioning maintenance. This is when a NATE-certified HVAC technician makes an annual visit to your house to inspect the cooling equipment, clean and lubricate parts, check refrigerant pressure, tighten electrical connections, and generally make sure that the air conditioner is in great shape for the summer weather.
The biggest benefit of maintenance is that it gives you the peace of mind that your home cooling won’t fail abruptly on you during the hottest days of summer. The preventive maintenance done on the system really does “prevent”: it stops many major AC problems before they get a chance to inflict serious damage and jeopardize your household comfort. Below are a number of repairs for your air conditioner that you can stop from happening if you keep up with maintenance. In fact, 85% of the repairs any AC system may need over its service life can be prevented with this routine professional service:
You might call it Freon or maybe know it by another brand name, but the chemical refrigerant that’s inside your AC is an essential component allowing the system to do its job. Without refrigerant, your air conditioning system is nothing more than a large central house fan. Fans can help out a bit in hot weather—in fact, we recommend homeowners turn their ACs to “fan only” mode during the milder hot weather to help save energy. But if you want to endure an intense Texas summer, you’ll need an air conditioner system that actually draws heat from the air to cool it down. And for that, the AC needs refrigerant.
But people often don’t understand exactly how refrigerant works in an air conditioner. For example, a question that HVAC professionals sometimes hear from customers is when they should have more refrigerant put into the system. The answer is, “Hopefully, never.” We’re here to give you some facts about refrigerant, which will help you know when your AC needs repair work done.