5 Common HVAC Problems Avoided with Regular Seasonal Maintenance
When the HVAC system in your Coachella Valley home isn’t working correctly, it is hard to imagine a less enjoyable scenario. From the discomfort of an overheated home to the financial pain of paying for repairs, having an AC malfunction can ruin an otherwise perfect day.
But did you know you can prevent breakdowns simply by having Hyde’s perform seasonal HVAC maintenance? Almost all heating and cooling problems, both major and minor, can be avoided with the regular maintenance visits that come standard with our Family Comfort Plan.
Here are 5 common problems our customers experience, that you can avoid with a Hyde’s Family Comfort Plan:
1. Reduced Energy Efficiency
Thanks to the buildup of dirt and grime, air conditioning units lose about 15% of their efficiency every year they’re in service. Considering AC accounts for about 60% of your power bill each month, that loss in efficiency can add up to a lot of money over time. Having seasonal maintenance done cleans out the dirt and grime that can degrade your AC’s efficiency, guaranteeing peak efficiency and helping to lower your power bills.
2. Poor Indoor Air Quality
When your HVAC system runs less efficiently from lack of maintenance, it can also have a negative impact on your home’s indoor air quality. Air conditioners naturally dehumidify the air as they cool, but if your unit isn’t running efficiently, it’s also not dehumidifying efficiently. This can make your home’s air feel stuffy or thick, and even attribute to mold growth, allergies and asthma. Maintenance restores your HVAC system’s efficiency and dehumidifying power.
3. Frozen Evaporator Coils
Going too long without maintenance can cause your evaporator coils and/or blow motor to become too dirty to function properly. Not only will this cause the air coming from your HVAC unit to feel warmer than it should, it can also cause your evaporator coils to freeze over—and you’ll have to turn your AC off entirely to let the coils thaw. During a seasonal maintenance visit, your evaporator coils will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned, ensuring that they won’t freeze up and leave you without cool air.
4. Loud Operation
Normal wear and tear from daily use can cause the components in your HVAC system to become loose over time. When this happens, your system may start to make more noise than usual while it’s running. If you’re hearing rattling, squealing or thumping noises from your unit during normal operation, that’s a clear sign that it’s time for a maintenance visit.
5. Short Cycling
Is your AC system turning on and back off again frequently? This is called short cycling, and it’s terrible for your power bill. Your AC unit uses way more energy cycling on and off every few minutes than it would if it were cycling on and off just a couple times each hour. One of the most common causes for short cycling is lack of air flow due to a clogged filter. Regular maintenance helps keep your filters clean and clear of debris that can choke your air conditioner.