Air conditioners keep indoor spaces cool and comfortable throughout the warm months. However, using the system more frequently can make it vulnerable to repair issues or breakdowns. Fortunately, knowing how to take the stress off the unit promotes dependable operation. Here’s why your AC overworks itself and how to avoid interruptions.
Worn Compressor Motor
The compressor uses a motor to circulate refrigerant through the coils, which absorb warm indoor air to cool your space. More frequent usage due to warmer weather causes additional motor wear, damaged bearings, and refrigerant leaks that damage the compressor. Since repairing or replacing these components may be expensive, compressor failure often results in the need for a new AC.
The capacitors and contactors are electrical components that provide power to the fan and compressor motor. These parts may overheat and deteriorate prematurely as a result of long summer cooling cycles. You may notice low or no cool airflow into indoor areas if these parts struggle to run.
HVAC filters remove dirt, dust, and pet dander from the intake air before cooling and circulating it through your space. If the screen becomes saturated with debris, the blower motor will work harder to pull air into the unit, which causes it to burn out. Debris may also accumulate on coils, preventing warm air from circulating around them, freezing them, and causing breakdowns.
How to Prevent Problems
Reduce stress from the air conditioner by setting the thermostat temperature as high as comfortably possible while at home. This keeps your AC unit from running continuously, protecting the electrical components from overheating. Raising the thermostat by about seven to 10 degrees when you’re away may also prevent unnecessary cycling and prolong the life span of the compressor and its motor. Additionally, change the filter monthly to avoid debris accumulations, take the stress off the blower motor, and keep the coils from freezing.
If you want help maintaining your air conditioner this summer, turn to our team at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH. Our technicians have provided reliable AC repairs, routine maintenance, and new installations since 1998. Visit the website for more information about their services, or call (740) 520-2312 to schedule an appointment.