Homeowners are often surprised to hear their A/C system needs servicing even if it is working properly without even being broken, but it’s true. Professionally maintain them at least once or twice a year, especially in hotter climates such as the greater Austin area. Several indications which suggest the system needs service immediately include: older homes or A/C systems, excessive dust, and high temperature or humidity levels in the home. In some cases, you notice an unusually high utility bill traced to air conditioner service needs.
Updating an older A/C system
Old or neglected systems can wreak havoc in your home long before they even break down. For example, a clogged drain line will create a backup of water which will overflow and damage the surrounding structure of your house and personal belongings.
Experts hold different opinions about when an A/C system is too old for optimal use. Every year, the latest technology creates superior units from trusted manufacturers such as Carrier. As a general rule, an original A/C in a home that is 7 to 10 years of age or older is too old. Your A/C technician properly recycles/disposes of old systems in keeping with environmental regulations.
Noticing excessive dust
Signs of an outdated A/C system aren’t necessarily obvious. Throughout the home, you often observe dust. Dust often collects in the vents and in the air duct as well. Dust gets in the air you breathe, leading to asthma and breathing problems in children and older people with compromised immune systems. You can’t see the inside of your HVAC system, so have a professional give your home a complete inspection and then decide what to do.
Feeling high humidity in home
One of the worst symptoms of an out-of-date air conditioner is feeling stuffy and uncomfortable in your own house. This is what a technician will tell you is the result of high humidity levels due to an inefficient air conditioning system. Also note that your system is probably low on refrigerant, as high humidity is also a symptom of a leaking coil. To solve the humidity problem, ask your technician about purchasing a new high-tech system with a variable speed fan, and a thermostat with humidity controls.
At Green Leaf A/C and Heating, we pride ourselves on a solid reputation. A family business, we provide commercial and residential service with seasoned technicians. Call us for a second opinion or for energy-efficient solutions. For more information about air conditioner service in the Austin, Texas, area, please contact us today.