Once the summer starts your air conditioner needs to be in tip-top shape to get you through those long hot humid TX days. Considering how important a role your AC unit plays in keeping the temperature cool and comfortable inside your home, you need the extra peace of mind that a regular service brings.
The last thing you want is to have to find somebody to undertake a repair. You want an air conditioning company that you can depend on to inspect and put any minor problems right. The people of Rowlett, TX turn to K&S Heating & Air to keep them safe during the hot Texas summer.
What Happens During an Air Conditioning Service?
An annual air conditioning service is something that K&S Heating & Air strongly recommend to all our customers. Any minor problems will be noticed and dealt with before they need an expensive repair. As the average air conditioning repair can cost hundreds of dollars, you can see that it makes good sense to have an air conditioning service. During your Dallas air conditioning service from one of our highly trained technicians, we will conduct the following tasks and more:
- Dirty air filters are replaced
- Coolant levels are checked and topped up if required
- The inside of the AC unit is cleaned
- The air ducts are checked for dirt and damage
- Evaporator coils are cleaned
- Thermostats are checked and recalibrated
- Fans are checked for correct operation and damage
- Electrical wires are checked for any loose connections
- And many other checks
Once a full air conditioning service has been conducted, our technician will notify you of any problems found and will only carry out any remedial work if you authorize it.
Signs Your Unit Needs an Air Conditioning Service
Your Energy Bills Are Higher
Sadly, energy bills seem to be increasing all the time. But without routine air conditioning maintenance service, your bills will be even higher. For example, without enough coolant in the unit, the other components must work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. As they work harder, they use more energy, and your bills go up.
You See Frost on The Evaporator Coils
Dirty air filters will restrict the flow of warm air being blown over the evaporator coils. Without enough warm air you will see a layer of frost and ice starting to form on the coils. As this layer grows your air conditioner will become less efficient and the coils will eventually freeze. Your unit will now need to be switched off for up to 24 hours (or more and there may be damage to the coils as well) to allow the coils to thaw.
Less Cool Air Coming from Your Unit
Having the correct level of coolant in your air conditioner is vital as the coolant absorbs the heat from the warm air in your home. Low levels of coolant mean fewer cooling effects from your unit. The coolant levels are checked during an air conditioning service and replenished if necessary. Less cool air coming from your air conditioner means that the humidity levels will stay high and your home may not be as comfortable as you would like.
Problem with the Fan
Any loud screeching sounds you hear coming from your air conditioner are usually due to worn-out fan belts or bearings in the fan motor. A faulty fan will be unable to blow enough warm air over the evaporator coils or cooler air over the condenser and cooling fins. Either problem will reduce the cooling effect of your unit and over time break your air conditioner.
The Condenser and Cooling Fins Need Cleaning
The heat from the warm air in your home is transported by the coolant through the condenser and cooling fins. These components are located outside your home and will get covered in a layer of dirt and grime. This layer reduces the rate at which heat is transferred to the outside air.
Again, this reduces the cooling effect of your air conditioner. Moss and mildew can also grow on the condenser and fins, and this also reduces the functionality of your air conditioner by blocking the flow of air from the fan. Cleaning the condenser and cooling fins is part of a regular air conditioning service from K&S Heating & Air.
Your Air Ducts Are Dirty
Your air ducts will be inspected during a routine service, but you may want to consider having them cleaned at the same time. Rowlett, TX is a dusty place and the ductwork can quickly become filthy. Your air ducts have probably accumulated years of dust, and this will make its way back into your home if it is disturbed. Conditions in the air ducts could encourage the growth of all sorts of unhealthy elements like mold and the spores can also make their way into your home.
A good spring clean will improve the air quality in your home and ensure your air conditioner runs more effectively. If you are interested in having your air ducts cleaned, then have a word with us at K&S Heating & Air. Having your ducts clean will mean the air is fresher in your home and cleaner too.
Thermostats Are Not Calibrated or Positioned Correctly
A poorly calibrated thermostat will provide the wrong reading on your air conditioner, if the thermostat records a higher temperature it will have to work harder to deliver too much cooling.
As a result, you will find a substantial increase in your energy bills. A badly positioned thermostat will have the same effect, if placed near an open window, then a false reading can be passed to your unit. If you have older dial-type thermostats you may want to consider changing to new programmable ones. These are more accurate, require less calibration, and save you money.
AC Drain Line and Drain Pan Have Mold Growing in Them
The drain pan and AC drain line are overlooked components in your air conditioner. Any moisture from the warm air is deposited in the drain pan and then flows outside through the AC drain line. These can be blocked by the growth of mold and algae, and they need to be cleaned. This will result in water overflowing into your unit and then onto your floor causing damage and further repair costs in your beloved Rowlett home.
A Trusted Air Conditioning Company
K&S Heating & Air has been serving the people of Rowlett, TX for many years. Having a service is the best thing you can do for your air conditioner. You will be able to rest assured that your unit is running safely and more efficiently. If you need any work done on your air conditioner, call us today!