A few weeks ago, we wrote a post titled “5 Facts You Never Knew About Installing an Air Conditioner.” If you read this, we hope you found it useful. If you didn’t read it, it’s probably because you aren’t currently looking for a new air conditioning installation. Maybe you’ll find it useful in the future.
For now, we have a list of facts you may find helpful if you have an air conditioning system that needs repairs. We’re the New Braunfels, TX air conditioner repair professionals to turn to when you have an AC in trouble.
5 AC Repair Facts That May Surprise You
We want our customers to know they still need to keep a watch for air conditioning troubles even in November and December. These facts can help you get an idea of what’s involved in AC repair and why it requires professionals.
#1. Air conditioning malfunctions are often sneaky
If you think of a malfunctioning air conditioning system as one that starts sending out warm air or makes a tremendous racket, you’re partially right. But many AC problems don’t show outward signs at first. You’ll still receive cool air from the vents, the system will respond to the thermostat, and you won’t hear weird noises. But “underneath the hood” could be leaking refrigerant, motors wearing down, and slow condensate drainage. These sneaky problems are a reason we stress people schedule regular maintenance, because it gives technicians a chance to catch what’s hidden before it creates bigger problems.
#2. Refilling refrigerant is a repair job, not a maintenance job
Your AC doesn’t need routine refrigerant refills—although you may hear disreputable amateurs tell you differently. Your AC doesn’t need more refrigerant as a routine maintenance job. It only needs refrigerant as a repair when there are leaks in the system. When your AC starts losing cooling capacity, call our pros and they can tell you if you need more refrigerant as a repair.
#3. Only licensed professionals can handle refrigerant
Speaking of refrigerant … HVAC technicians must have a special license to handle refrigerant, both for refilling, recycling, and disposing of it. There are many reasons to never hire amateurs for AC repair, and this is one of the biggest.
#4. Ice on an AC is a repair problem
We know it’s easy to think that seeing ice on your air conditioner is merely a sign the AC is working super-duper well! This isn’t the case. An air conditioner should never create ice during normal operation. When ice appears on the evaporator coil of your AC, it means something major is wrong that requires the attention of pros.
#5. Maintenance can banish more than 50% of AC repair needs
Want to have fewer repair problems for your AC in the future? We can safely say your answer is yes. We can help you achieve this with annual maintenance. We recommend having maintenance for your AC in spring, but it’s not too late to have it done—as long as you schedule it each year, you’ll enjoy benefits like fewer repair issues.
At Thayer Air Conditioning, Your Comfort Is Our #1 Priority. Call us when you need accurate air conditioning repairs—we’re already on the way!