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Temperatures in Arlington, TX can vary from chilly or mild in winter to over one hundred degrees in summer. It is vital that your HVAC be working properly all year round. The team at Minuteman Heating & Air serving Arlington, TX, believes that the best thing you can do to keep your HVAC properly working is to have an annual service conducted faithfully every year.
Any slight problems can be fixed during the service before they need an emergency heating and AC repair. Your HVAC will be running safely and more efficiently so that you save on energy bills. You will gain extra peace of mind knowing that it is less likely to break down when you are using it the most.
Occasionally the HVAC will break down and you will need a reliable heating and AC repair company to visit your TX home, to quickly fix the problem. Waiting for a repair service is going to be a stressful time. This is particularly true if you are looking after young children or older relatives. Living conditions will soon get horrendous without a way to keep cool on a hot scorching summer’s day. That is why Minuteman Heating & Air will have someone on standby to quickly deal with your heating and AC repair.
Warnings Sign That There May Be Problems & When to Consult a Professional About a Heating and AC Repair
Even a well-serviced HVAC can break down and will need an emergency heating and AC repair. Calling somebody out in the middle of the night is always going to be expensive, but if you spot the following warning signs you may be able to take corrective action and avoid an expensive call-out charge and emergency heating and AC repair.
You See Frost and Ice Appear on the Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coils perform a vital task by removing heat and humidity from the warm air blown over them. There are several reasons why frost and ice can start to form on the coils. The airflow over the coils is reduced. There are many causes of this. First, the fan blowing could be faulty. Second, the air filters could be dirty and need to be cleaned or replaced.
The evaporator coils have a layer or build-up of dirt becoming an insulating layer that lowers the heat absorbed from the warm air by the coolant. If the coolant levels are low the HVAC may have a small leak, the coolant levels will fall, resulting in frost and ice forming on the coil. All these circumstances will result in the comfort and coolness of your home being reduced by your HVAC system because there is not enough heat being removed from the warm air.
Cleaning or changing the air filters is a job that you could do yourself, and the more often you do this the more efficiently your HVAC will run. You will find that the air quality in your home will improve, as fewer dirt particles and pollen are now entering. But it is better for a professional to do this for you or at least show you how to properly clean the filters. Routine service will remedy all the problems listed above and will be dealt with during a heating and AC service from Minuteman Heating & Air.
Increased Energy Bills
Another consequence of frost and ice forming on the evaporator coil is that the ice too will have an insulating effect and further reduce the efficiency of your HVAC. Ignoring the frost and ice will lead to the evaporator coils freezing over completely. You will need to turn off the HVAC to allow the coils to thaw, and you could be without your HVAC for up to 24 hours.
If the coil freezes too often it could lead to a heating and AC repair. As the coil freezes the other components in the HVAC, like the compressor, will begin to work harder to compensate. Any components that work harder will use more energy and push up your bills. The components will also be more likely to overheat and need a heating and AC repair.
The Condenser and Cooling Fins Are Dirty
The main job of the condenser and cooling fins is to radiate heat from the coolant to the outside air, assisted by an external fan blowing the air over them. Since the condenser and cooling fins are located outside, a layer of dirt and grime will form on them. It is also possible for weeds and moss to grow on them. Any dirt or weeds will need to be removed regularly, as they will form an insulating layer, reducing the rate at which the coolant can lose heat to the air.
When the coolant arrives back at the evaporator coil it will be warmer and not be able to absorb as much heat from the warm air. This will reduce the rate at which your home is cooled. Cleaning the condenser and cooling fins is part of a service from Minuteman Heating & Air.
Problems with the Furnace
The furnace is by far the largest component in the HVAC system. A fan draws fresh air from the outside through an air duct into a combustion chamber. Inside the chamber, the air is mixed with gas or other fuel, it then burns, and releases heat. If the air ducts are blocked for any reason, not enough fresh air will enter the chamber and combustion will not take place.
So, it is important to clean the air vents and make sure they are not blocked. Air ducts are also used to remove any hazardous exhaust gases, like carbon monoxide that are produced in the combustion. It is also wise to install at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home and check it on a regular basis to see if it is working properly. A furnace also requires air filters to remove pollutants, and these too will need regular replacing.
The Best HVAC Company in Arlington
Minuteman Heating & Air has been the leading heating and AC repair company in Arlington, TX for many years and has gained a reputation for the highest standards of work at affordable prices. Whatever your needs please call us today for a friendly chat and to schedule a free inspection!