You come home and your air conditioner has stopped working. You immediately get on the phone and call an AC repair company to come out and fix your air conditioner. So now you are stuck in a hot home and you are getting extremely irritable which is completely understandable.
The AC repair tech shows up, and he immediately starts examining your air conditioner. Only to come in and give you the bad news. You are low on refrigerant, and you have a leak in the system.
This is a pretty easy repair normally as long as they can find the leak. The only problem is that after they repair the leak and put the correct amount of refrigerant in the system, there is no way to tell how much damage you have to your compressor. The compressor could work for an additional five to ten years, or it could stop working with in a day. This means that you could have your air conditioning repaired one day and need another AC repair done within a short amount of time. Running your air conditioner on low Freon is very damaging to the compressor.
If you live in a humid area, low Freon shows up quicker than if you live in a dry climate. When you have high humidity, and low refrigerant your coils will freeze up quickly. But in a dry climate you don’t have the moisture in the air to form ice around your coils, thus you will show no symptoms of low refrigerant until it is too late.
AC repair can be costly but you can keep the cost down
Getting your refrigerant levels checked yearly is the best course of action. Also if you have any work done on your home or office near the unit, just to make sure no one accidently punctured to line. If you have a ground mounted unit, you will want to be careful putting nails in your wall near the air conditioner, as you have a copper line that runs up inside your wall and if you put a nail in it, it will cause a leak that is impossible to find unless you pull down the drywall. This can be an extremely expensive AC repair.
Call a licensed AC repair company before you turn your air conditioner on for the first time every year, just to check to make sure that every thing is working correctly, this can cut down on the chances of AC repairs needed during the hot summer days.
Getting routine maintenance done every spring can keep your air conditioning system running more efficiently and keep the repairs to a minimum. Compressors are the most expensive AC repair you can need, so taking care to keep the compressor in good condition can save you quite a lot of money. You want your compressor to work for as long as it can.
Making sure that you keep your air conditioning system working in tip top condition is the best way to prolong the life of your air conditioner. When the air conditioning repair tech, gives you an estimate to repair the existing problem with the air conditioner, they should also give you an idea of what else is not working at peak performance. This does not mean you have to replace that part right away, but it is advisable if you can afford it, as you will be calling for another AC repair in short order.