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Keeping Your HVAC System Running Smoothly: Understanding and Preventing Breakdowns

As the summer months approach, ensuring your HVAC system is in optimal condition becomes crucial. Understanding the main components of your air conditioning and heating system and how to prevent breakdowns can save you time, money, and discomfort. Let’s explore the three primary parts that can break down and how to maintain them for smooth operation throughout the summer.

1. Compressor:

The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system. It circulates refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units, allowing for heat exchange to cool or heat your home. Common issues include refrigerant leaks, electrical failures, and motor malfunctions. To prevent breakdowns, schedule regular maintenance to check refrigerant levels, clean coils, and ensure electrical connections are secure. Additionally, keep the area around the outdoor unit clear of debris and foliage to maintain proper airflow.

2. Condenser Coil:

Located in the outdoor unit, the condenser coil plays a vital role in releasing heat absorbed from your home. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the coil, reducing its efficiency and potentially leading to overheating and system failure. Regularly clean the condenser coil by gently spraying it with a garden hose to remove debris. Avoid using high-pressure water, as it can damage the delicate fins.

3. Air Filters:

The air filters in your HVAC system trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, preventing them from circulating throughout your home. Clogged filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to work harder and increasing the risk of overheating and component failure. Check and replace air filters monthly during peak usage months, or more frequently if you have pets or live in a dusty environment. Ask us about our Filter Subscription program.

Dirty Air Filter because of lack of service
Dirty Air FIlter

By understanding the functions of these critical components and implementing preventive maintenance measures, you can keep your HVAC system running smoothly all summer long. Don’t wait until the heat becomes unbearable to address potential issues—schedule a professional inspection and maintenance service before the peak cooling season begins.

Remember, investing in regular maintenance now can save you from costly repairs and discomfort later. Keep your HVAC system in top condition, and enjoy a cool and comfortable summer indoors. We at Air Conditioning Guys can help!

Air Conditioning Guys is a full service indoor air comfort expert serving the local region since 1951 and the only one on the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) Board of Directors in California serving over 60,000 HVAC Contractor's issues across the country. Installation, Service, Repair, Maintenance and Air Duct Cleaning.



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