The summer season not only brings heat and sunshine, but it can also bring humidity. Without an air conditioning system that is in proper working condition, you, your family, and your home will be experience discomfort and high energy bills. If your home does develop a higher level of humidity because of the faulty AC system, you may also suffer from allergies and respiratory issues.
Considering that your air conditioning system will work harder in the summer season, distress and even failure is possible. Of course, knowing your system is in distress will help you determine when and if it is time for a repair or replacement. Using this guide, you will learn a few key reasons your AC system is failing in the summer.
AC systems are designed to last even under extreme abuse, but nothing is meant to last forever. As a matter of fact, the average lifespan of an air conditioner unit is between 10 and 15 years.
Because your system works harder in the summer to cool and condition your home, you may notice additional signs of distress during this season, especially if your unit is at or past the estimated lifespan average.
Refrigerant is an imperative part of your air conditioner's ability to cool your home. This compound is found in your system's coils, absorbing heat from the inside of your home before sending it outside. During this process, fans inside your system blow the air over the coils, dispersing cooler air into your home.
If you notice cool air is not moving through the vents inside your home during the summer season, you may have a refrigerant leak. Without sufficient refrigerant, you will not only feel warmer air moving through your vents, but you will also be running your AC system longer and harder in an attempt to reach your desired temperature. This increases your energy bills.
Improper cooling is not the only sign of a refrigerant leak. You may hear an actual hissing sound coming from the unit. This hissing is the actual refrigerant leaking from holes and cracks in your refrigerant lines.
Because you are running your AC more frequently during the summer, leaks in the refrigerant line are more common during this season. By inspecting the lines, repairing any damage, and adding more refrigerant, you can restore your system back to an effective, efficient state.
Your system moves air from the outside, conditions it, and then transfers it into your home through a series of ductwork. During the process of moving air, dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris or particles may also move through the ducts into your home. This debris can affect your indoor air quality, so filters are important for protecting your home and family.
Unfortunately, the filters may clog with debris over time. This can be a problem for many reasons. Clogged filters will cause dust and debris to build up around your registers and returns, preventing the conditioned air from flowing inside.
Without the right amount of air flow, air conditioning your home in the summer will be even more difficult. The air will struggle to reach the desired temperature you have set on your thermostat, stressing your system even further while increasing your energy bills.
Replacing your filter, especially before the summer season, is smart for reducing allergens and improving air flow. According to the United States' Department of Energy, replacing dirty filters with a new one can reduce your AC's consumption by 5 to 10 percent.
The summer season brings many changes to your home and family's lives, but you can reduce the stress on your AC system. This guide and your contractor's help will teach you a few reasons why your air conditioner may be in distress during the summer. If you need a new air conditioner, contact an HVAC contractor to learn about your options for air conditioning installation.