Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property manager, you’d probably count an HVAC failure in the middle of summer as one of the worst things that could happen. HVAC contractor Comfort Zone of North Florida shares some common causes of HVAC failure and what you can do to prevent them.
Refrigerants such as R-410A are not consumable like vehicle fuel. Rather, they’re cycled through various pressure levels, producing hot and cold air at different stages. If properly maintained and cared for, your HVAC system won’t require a refrigerant refill. The refrigerant may leak through neglected lines, however, and could remain unnoticed if the leak happens during a season when it’s not in use. If your HVAC system isn’t putting out much air and there doesn’t seem to be any apparent obstruction, you need to have your HVAC system professionally inspected and subsequently repaired. Sticking to a scheduled maintenance routine can help prevent refrigerant leaks such as these.
Neglected air filters can get clogged to the point where they can defeat the purpose of having an HVAC system. This is why you should regularly inspect and clean your air filters. Most thermostats now indicate when it’s time to replace your air filters. In addition to improving indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency, it reduces the likelihood of a residential or commercial HVAC service call on a busy day, and may even help you save on energy costs by preventing your HVAC system from becoming overworked.
HVAC systems are susceptible to wear and tear, just like other electrical devices used on a daily basis. Components such as wiring and fans can get worn out and eventually fail if not looked after. Regular maintenance, conducted by a certified HVAC contractor, can help prevent electrical malfunction. You should also troubleshoot the thermostat following the instructions in the user guide if it’s unresponsive.
The compressor is considered the heart of the HVAC system. While designed to withstand outdoor conditions—it is, after all, the component housed in the exterior unit—it may fail due to one or more of the problems described above. We recommend signing up for an HVAC maintenance agreement with a contractor you trust to ensure you don’t skip maintenance appointments by mistake. These scheduled inspections typically cost less than what it otherwise would to repair your HVAC system if it breaks down unexpectedly.
Comfort Zone of North Florida is your leading provider of residential and commercial air conditioning service. Give us a call at (904) 404-7171 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Orange Park, FL, and surrounding areas.