Minor AC Problems You Should Not Ignore

It’s normal for air conditioning systems to encounter problems from time to time. Wear and tear is a natural part of every equipment’s service life, but that doesn’t mean you should simply ignore the small issues that your AC encounters. These problems, when overlooked, tend to worsen and result in costly repairs.

Leaks

Refrigerant leaks are an issue most households encounter. This problem is too common that Energy.gov has labelled it as one of the top hiccups AC systems face. Now, many homeowners dismiss this as a non-issue, but it does pose a few threats to your home. For one, refrigerant leaks are harmful to the environment.

Moreover, a leak can create an ice buildup on the evaporator coils. As a result, all components of the machine tend to work harder than usual, thus putting a strain on the equipment. Leaks can create puddles of water around the AC’s area too, posing a slip risk for residents of the property.

Drain trap

For central air conditioners, issues with the condensate drain are something to watch out for. Although the entire problem sounds minor, it can render your machine unusable. This is especially true in systems that have overflow sensors.

Long periods of non-operation can dry out the condensate drain trap. This causes sewer gases to come up and pass through the line, thus emitting bad odors in the home. Condensate drain issues also help promote mold growth in the line.

Moisture buildup

Many homeowners don’t see a problem with the way moisture builds up inside the AC, but it does pose a serious health risk. Over time, the moisture escapes into the ducts and becomes part of the airflow. As a result, you sense a musty, moldy smell. Many people experience allergic reactions from breathing mold, so be vigilant about this minor hiccup and make sure you address it right away. This condensation buildup may be harmless to your system, but it puts your health at a great risk.

At East Texas Refrigeration, we know the importance of air conditioning maintenance. We can help you keep your system in top shape and prolong its service life. Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can assist you with your AC-related concerns.