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3 common causes of inefficient air conditioners

Inspection for inefficient HVAC system

If you have an HVAC unit for your home that you rely on during the summer, it's important that you keep it running as efficiently as possible. You don't want to spend more money than you have to in order to keep your home cool and comfortable, but you will end up doing just that if your air conditioner is not routinely inspected and cared for. If you do not want to call in the aid of a professional, it's important for you to know what you should be on the lookout for when it comes to the AC.

Here are a few common causes of inefficient air conditioners:

  • Clogged drain line: A drain line is used to remove the moisture that is pulled out of the air while cooling your home down. If this part becomes clogged, the water will not be allowed to move successfully, backing up the entire machine.
  • Dirty filter: The biggest reason that your air conditioner will not be running as well as it can is because there is dust and other debris clogging up the filter. A dirty filter will restrict the airflow to and from your home, meaning the machine will have to work harder to keep your home cool. To prevent this, simply change out the filter at least once every other month.
  • Refrigerant leakage: The air conditioning system is supposed to be sealed off, so anything that leaks out is going to mean that something has gone wrong. Refrigerants are used for a number of reasons - cooling the machine, keeping the coils warm - so any leakage will result in a less efficient unit.

If you are in need of Gaithersburg, Maryland air conditioning repair services, schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today!