Exploring The Importance Of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Hello, my name is Darby Aldrich. I would like to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system. When I moved to a hot climate, I did not realize how vital having a running air conditioner was for living comfortably. When the unit just stopped working one day, the temperature inside the house rivaled the piping hot weather outdoors. We had to go to the community center to keep the kids from feeling sick. While we were gone, we had a local HVAC contractor fix the unit. She let us know that some simple maintenance tasks would prevent that situation in the future. I will use this site to closely explore those tasks in great detail. I hope you can use the information to keep your air conditioner running like new. Thanks.

3 Reasons The Evaporator Coil Of Your AC Unit Could Be Leaking And What To Do


The evaporator coil is an essential component of your AC system because it facilitates the heat exchange process. When the warm air inside your house gets inside the AC unit, it passes through the evaporator. The cold refrigerant takes the heat from the air and evaporates, cooling down the air. Once the refrigerant gets to the condenser, it is cooled down to a liquid, and the process repeats itself. 

However, any fault in the evaporator coil will interfere with this process and make your air conditioner lose its efficiency or even fail altogether. In this case, get an AC repair technician to repair the damaged evaporator coil in good time so your AC unit will be more reliable and efficient. It is important to watch out for signs that your evaporator coil is leaking so that you can have it repaired immediately. See why the evaporator is likely to leak and why timely repairs are critical.

Physical Damage to the Mechanical Parts

One of the main reasons the evaporator coil may start leaking refrigerant is when the parts suffer physical damage. For example, if something was to damage the physical components of the evaporator coil, it will stop working efficiently. The only way to fix such a problem would be by hiring a professional AC technician to identify the site of the damage and repair it. If the damage cannot be repaired, they will recommend replacing the damaged component.

Chemical Reactions in the System

The evaporator coils receive all the air that comes from inside your home and the pollutants in it. For instance, if you spray air freshener in the kitchen or bathroom, the chemicals in it will end up inside your AC unit. Similarly, the volatile organic compounds in cleaning solutions, beauty products, mosquito sprays, and hair sprays will get into the air conditioner. These compounds or substances are highly reactive when they come into contact with the copper coils of the AC unit. 

In fact, they produce acid that eats away or corrodes the metal or coating of the evaporator coil. With time, the corrosion will interfere with the function and efficiency of the evaporator coil and even make it leak. In this case, hire an AC technician to repair the damaged part before the coil is completely damaged.

Corrosion on the Copper Coils

The other source of trouble with the evaporator coils is when water reacts with oxygen on the surface of the copper leading to corrosion. Formic acid is often present when corrosion takes place. The corrosion eats the coils away and creates holes where the refrigerant leaks through.

The best way to handle leakages in the evaporator coil of your AC unit is by calling a technician for repairs. They will diagnose the system and recommend coil replacement if it can't be repaired. With the technician's help, you will eliminate instances of damage to your evaporator coil and lengthen its lifespan. 


21 January 2021