In Beaumont, TX, homeowners utilize the HVAC system throughout the hot, humid summer months. If the unit breaks down, emergency air conditioner repair is needed to prevent heat-related problems. Indoor temperatures can soar without a working HVAC unit. Thermacon Service Company, Inc. has technicians ready twenty-four hours a day, all year long for any kind of HVAC emergency.
One way to avoid or lessen air conditioner repairs is by having regular maintenance performed. Homeowners can buy a maintenance contract for their unit. This contract means a technician will come out in the spring and fall to tune and/or repair the HVAC unit before the coming season. Worn parts will be replaced to prevent the need for repair later. If an emergency arises, contract customers receive priority scheduling over non-contract customers.
The most common air conditioner repair is a clogged drain tube. Algae, fungi and mold often grow in the warm, moist area. Over time, they can form a clog similar to a clogged artery. If the drain is clogged, the HVAC system does not shut down. The evaporator coils continue to produce condensation from the air. The water backs up in the drain, the HVAC cabinet and the house. You come home to a lake instead of a dry floor.
The first thing to do in this instance is turn the power off to avoid electrocution. Mop up all the water and allow the inside of the unit to dry. Try to remove the clog with a long, thin wire. If you cannot, contact an HVAC company to repair the problem. The technician will remove the clog with compressed air or other means. He or she will test the unit to see if any water damage has occurred to the electronic parts.
Avoiding this air conditioner repair is simple. Every month, pour a cup of bleach into the drain pan and down the drain tube. The bleach will kill algae, fungi, molds and dissolve any other organic materials that could cause clogs. Outside, ensure the drain is free from any obstructions. The water should drain two feet or more from the house. Moist soil areas can attract pests such as ants or termites.
Every homeowner can change or clean HVAC filters on a monthly basis. This prevents dust, hair, dirt or other debris from causing problems with the evaporator coils. If the coils are coated with debris, they cannot dehumidify the air properly. Air conditioner repair in Beaumont, TX, often includes cleaning the evaporator coils. The evaporator coils are filled with cold refrigerant. Indoor air passes over the coils; the difference in temperatures between the refrigerant and the air causes the air’s moisture to condense. This drains into the drain pan and out through the drain pipe. Removing the humidity makes the house more comfortable.
One area that is often left out of maintenance until a costly repair is needed is the ducting system. Leaks allow moist air to infiltrate the attic. The moisture allows mold to grow and rots the building materials. The ducts must be insulated to prevent condensation from occurring. Heat or cooling loss in the attic causes the HVAC system to work harder to compensate. This runs the utility bill higher than it needs to be.
One other problem with the ducting system is the buildup of contaminants. Dirt, dust and debris will build up over time. Moisture provides a great medium for molds and fungi to grow. Every time the unit cycles on, these contaminants are blown throughout the house. Annual cleaning and duct inspection/repair will end this problem. Homeowners in Beaumont, TX, might be convinced that they or family members simply have “seasonal illness,” may in fact be reacting to these contaminants. Annual cleaning will remove the debris. This will prevent the “seasonal illnesses” and allow all of the heated or cooled air to reach the occupants.
If an HVAC system has a problem, it is important to have repairs done immediately. The longer a problem exists, the more damage is being done to the unit. The unit’s efficiency will drop dramatically and the utility bill will rise. By the time an HVAC company is called, the unit may either need extensive repairs or replacement.
Thermacon Service Company, Inc. can perform air conditioner repair on any unit installed in a Beaumont, TX home. If the unit cannot be repaired and needs replacement, their technicians can help you make the right choice for your home and budget. The technician will also recommend further energy-saving measures such as insulation and attic ventilation.