Warm weather is here again, and people are starting to make use of their air conditioners on a regular basis. As you start to rely on your air conditioner more and more often, the strain on the system will increase. That means that you have a much greater chance of your air conditioner developing problems. Let’s take a look at the problems that can afflict your air conditioning system this year.
Frozen Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil is responsible for evaporating refrigerant to siphon heat from the air in the ducts. The air temperature drops as thermal energy is siphoned from it, and condensation forms on the coil. The constant flow of warm air from the home maintains a temperature balance, and keeps the coil operating smoothly. If the flow of air is cut off, though, the temperature around the coil will drop low enough to freeze the condensate. As the ice spreads across the coil, it will cut off its access to the air flowing over it. This will cause the output of the air conditioner to drop, and could cause issues in other parts of the system. You should call for a professional if you notice that your air conditioner is icing over.
Air Handler Issues
The air handler is the part of the air conditioner that is responsible for circulating air throughout your house. In order to compensate for the massive amount of friction generated during operation, the air handler motor uses oiled bearings to help it run more smoothly. These bearings will wear down over time, however, producing a loud grinding sound. If the bearings aren’t replaced in time, the air handler motor will overheat and burn out.