As summer approaches, it’s only a matter of time before we’re going to be relying wholeheartedly on our cooling systems. Whether you use separate air conditioners, an HVAC unit, or a heat pump, you’ll definitely end up suffering if they fail; although HVAC maintenance is the best way to ensure your heating and cooling systems stay active, sometimes things go wrong. Let’s take a look at four issues that will have you frantically calling for emergency HVAC services this season.
- Clogged Condensate Line: Air conditioning system leaks are quite common in commercial HVAC. If they aren’t taken care of in time, the small leaks can grow in size and lead to massive water damage. They are most commonly caused by clogged condensate lines, the line that collects excess water is supposed to send it outside.
- Frozen Coils: When HVAC coils become frozen during the summer, it’s a result of below-freezing refrigerant temperatures. These temperatures cause the surrounding air to condense and freeze and can be caused by running the unit when it’s below 60 degrees outside. Since using a unit with frozen coils can be dangerous, you’ll be out of an AC system if you encounter this problem.
- Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers: If your system is overworked, you might end up blowing a fuse or tripping the circuit breaker. When airflow is blocked from running through the unit — which is generally caused by a dirty or clogged air filter –, the blower is forced to work harder; this excessive use of energy can trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse.
- Wear and Tear: Air conditioning units don’t last forever. Generally speaking, the older they are, the more it costs to use them; a 10-year-old unit may cost you 20% more than a new efficient model in terms of energy costs. If your system starts making noises or simply isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to, it might be time to upgrade.
Emergency HVAC services can save you a lot of discomfort in the moment, but it isn’t practical to rely on them exclusively. Rather than simply waiting for a problem to arise, you can reduce your odds of needing emergency HVAC services (as well as prolong your unit’s lifespan) by investing in routine maintenance.