AC Maintenance

When you live in Florida, you become accustomed to the 90-degree weather. Unfortunately, your A/C unit may not be as prepared. Summertime can pose many seasonal problems for your HVAC unit. We’ve prepared the 5 most common summertime HVAC problems and provided easy solutions to help you keep your family cool this summer.

Dirty Filters

One of the simplest ways to maximize your A/C unit’s efficiency is to ensure your filters are clean. A dirty filter will make your unit run less efficiently and worsen your home’s air quality. While most filters are typically replaced every three months, changing them more often in the summer will drastically improve your home’s air conditioning.

During the summer in Florida, most homeowners blast their A/C units all season long. The more your A/C unit is running, the more often you will need to replace your filter. If you notice your unit running less efficiently in the summer, your filters likely need to be replaced.

Low Refrigerant Levels

There’s nothing worse than turning your A/C system on, listening as the fans rev up, just to feel hot air coming through your vents. If your unit’s fans are not blowing cool air, this is likely due to a leak resulting in low refrigerant levels. While this is a common summertime issue, you will need to contact an HVAC technician to professionally seal any leaks and add new coolant to your system.

Failing Capacitors

One of the most common summer problems for A/C units are failed capacitors. If your A/C struggles to start-up and ultimately fails, your capacitor is failing. More often than not, capacitors fail during the hottest months of the year.

The best way to avoid a capacitor problem is to schedule regular maintenance with a certified HVAC company. During routine maintenance, an HVAC technician will be able to spot a weakened capacitor and fix it before it fails during the summer.

Outdoor Fan Malfunction

Summer can be a great time to get ahead on outdoor projects and to break out the lawnmower. However, be wary of any debris, grass, and other items that may damage your outdoor unit. If the fan in your outdoor unit is not encased and protected properly, the blades can be easily damaged by debris.

Fan blades that become damaged will start to bend and cause further damage to your unit. Keep your outdoor unit safe all summer long by keeping any debris, footballs, and toys away from your unit.

Clogged Drain Hoses

A large part of your unit’s job is to pull humidity from the air and keep your home’s humidity levels balanced. As the unit works, the condensed water will leave the system through a drainage line. If this line becomes clogged, your system will begin experiencing problems, including dangerous standing water underneath the system.

With heightened humidity during the summer in Florida, this problem can be very serious. Fortunately, a skilled HVAC technician can flush the drains to remove any clogs.

Florida’s intense summers pose an issue for many aspects of our lives. With these best practices and regular maintenance, you can ensure your home’s A/C system is prepared to keep you comfortable all season long. Schedule a maintenance appointment with the NATE-certified HVAC technicians at A/C Designs today to stay ahead of these common summertime HVAC problems.

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