Summertime HVAC: Common Seasonal Problems

August 8, 2020

Around Greenville, you can always count on summer to be long, hot, and humid. With those conditions in play, it’s important that your air conditioner can run strong all summer long. In the midst of the heat, though, your HVAC system may run into issues that make it difficult to keep your home cool. By understanding these issues in advance, you will be better prepared to keep an eye out for them. Of course, you can always rely on Ken Parker Service, Inc. to address any issues before they cause serious damage.

Extra Dust

Along with plenty of heat, summer can also often bring dry conditions. When that happens, there is likely to be a significant increase in the amount of dust in the air. If some of this dust finds its way into your home, it could cause your air filter to clog more quickly than normal. This means that you need to be extra attentive to your air filter, checking it every couple of weeks instead of every month. If your air filter becomes too clogged, it can restrict the airflow to your HVAC system, which will cause it to run inefficiently and could lead to system failure.

To a lesser extent, dust can also pose a problem for your air conditioner’s outdoor unit. The fins on the outdoor unit that help to remove heat are especially vulnerable to large amounts of dust. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check on this unit occasionally to see if it needs to be hosed down to help improve its performance.

Lack of Cooling

During a hot Greenville summer, a lack of cooling on the part of your air conditioner is certainly a cause for concern. In many cases, however, a technician from Ken Parker Service, Inc. can easily fix an AC that’s not cooling. The first thing the technician will check is to make sure that your air conditioner has the proper volume of refrigerant. On some systems, small leaks can develop in the refrigerant line, which can allow the gaseous refrigerant to escape. This leads to a loss of cooling capacity that will manifest itself on especially hot days.

Another problem that can cause a lack of cooling is a dirty evaporator coil. This coil is part of your refrigerant line and is the section that the air flows over as it’s being cooled and dehumidified. If this section of the refrigerant line becomes caked in dust and dirt, it can hamper its ability to cool the air in your home. With a professional cleaning, the effectiveness of the evaporator coil can be restored.

Water Leaks

Once the evaporator coil removes humidity from the air, it has to have somewhere to send the water that accumulates. Removing this excess water from your home is the responsibility of the condensate drain line. This line runs from the drain pan underneath the evaporator coil all the way to the exterior of your home.

Unless you consistently maintain this drain line by cleaning it with a bleach solution at least once a month, it could become clogged due to mineral deposits that collect on the walls of the pipe. If the pipe becomes totally clogged, the collected water won’t have a place to drain, leading to a water leak.

Another possible cause of a clogged condensate drain line is an animal getting into the drain line from outside and building a nest. If this occurs, you’re better off turning to Ken Parker Service, Inc. for a proper cleaning.

We’re There For You Year-Round

Whether it’s the hottest day of summer or the dead of winter, you can count on Ken Parker Service, Inc. to be there when you need assistance with your HVAC system. Whether you need assistance with your air conditioner or furnace, Ken Parker Service, Inc. has the skills to take on any maintenance, repair, or installation project.

We can also test your indoor air quality and install devices to allow you to breathe cleaner air. In addition, we can install new thermostats, ductless mini-split systems, and a host of other home comfort solutions.

Our customers have turned to us for over 40 years to ensure their homes stay comfortable in all types of weather. The five-star reviews we receive from these customers testify to the positive experiences they have. If you’d like more information about taking care of your HVAC system during the summer, contact Ken Parker Service, Inc. today.

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