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For those who live in Hinckley, IL summers will bring long hot, and humid days. Your air conditioner will need to be on all day and night as the temperature will rise above 100 degrees. So, the chance of a breakdown will be higher because of this, and you will be forced to find an air conditioner repair company. A lot of people in Hinckley, IL will turn to Just in Time for a quality and affordable air conditioner repair company. If you check all our reviews online, you can see why!
How Does an Air Conditioner Work?
Most people know very little about their air conditioners, you just turn a dial, and all that nice cool air comes out. Working knowledge of how one works can help explain why something goes wrong and what you can do to avoid calling an air conditioner repair company.
An air conditioner comes in two parts, one part is inside your home and the other outside. The inside part contains the compressor, the evaporator coils, and a fan. The external part contains the condenser, cooling fins, and another fan. A circuit of copper tubing connects the major components and contains a coolant.
The internal fan extracts warm air from your home and blows it over the evaporator coils, The coolant in the coils removes the heat from the warm air and cools it, in the process the cold liquid coolant changes to a warm gas. The cooler air is then blown back into your home.
The compressor pumps the coolant around the copper tubing, and it passes through the condenser and cooling fins. The external fan blows the outside air over the condenser and cooling fins and the heat is transferred to the outside air. The coolant changes back to a cold liquid and continues its journey back to the evaporator coils and the process continues.
Signs Your Unit Needs an Air Conditioner Repair Company
Less Cooling Effect
Should there have been a leak, the coolant levels will drop in your unit. Without enough coolant, less heat will be absorbed from the warm air, so warmer air will be blown back into your home. The evaporator coils also need a lot of warm air to be blown over them to work effectively. A faulty fan will also reduce the cooling effect of your unit.
Humidity Levels Have Increased
Cold air will contain less moisture in it than warmer air, this is because the moisture condenses into water at lower temperatures. The warmer the air is blown back into the room the more humid it will feel.
You See Frost and Ice on The Evaporator Coils
Low levels of coolant and reduced airflow mean that the evaporator coils will not receive as much heat from the warm air. As a result, the coils will start to freeze over, and you will notice frost and ice starting to form on them. As we have seen low coolant levels and faulty fans can be a cause of this happening. But so can dirty air filters which can also restrict the airflow over the coils.
If dirt has settled on the coil this too can cause frost and ice to form. Ignoring the frost and ice is not a good idea, as eventually, the coils will completely freeze, and the unit will shut down. You may need to wait up to 24 hours for the coils to them out before you can use the air conditioner again. Should the unit keep shutting down, you will eventually need an air conditioner repair company.
It Starts to Cost More to Run
Running your air conditioner all day will drive up your energy bills, but if you notice an unexpected spike, it could be due to a problem with your unit. Should the evaporator coils start to freeze, it and the other components start to work harder to maintain the temperature. Harder working components use more energy and increase your bills. This will also increase the chance that they will overheat and need replacing by an air conditioner repair company.
You Notice Strange Smells
As the warm air is cooled it deposits water into the drain pan. It then flows outside via the AC drain line. The added levels of moisture within your air conditioner encourage the growth of mold and algae in the drain pan and line. This could give rise to mold spores entering your home and be the cause of any moldy smells.
If you detect any burning smells, you should call an air conditioner repair company like Just IN Time straight away. There is now an increased risk of a fire.
Your Air Ducts Are Leaking
A quick inspection of your air ducts will reveal whether there is damage or not. Up to 30 percent of the energy output from your air conditioner is lost through gaps and holes in your air ducts. Not only is this a waste of money but your unit must work harder to compensate. This increases the risk that you will have to call an air conditioner repair company.
Have Your Air Conditioner Undergo a Regular Service
This is the best way to avoid any of the problems we have outlined above. Just In Time offers a comprehensive servicing package. All aspects of your air conditioner will be checked. Coolant levels if low will be topped up. All the other components will be checked for signs of problems. After the service, your unit will be running safely and more efficiently. This will reduce your energy bills. You will also gain peace of mind in the fact that that is now less chance of it breaking down and needing a repair.
Just In Time, a Trusted Air Conditioner Repair Company
Just In Time has been serving the people of Hinckley, IL for many years. We have technicians on call 24/7, ready to help you with all your air conditioning needs. We offer honest pricing and high standards of work and customer service. Call us today and you will not be disappointed.