Most of us use traditional centralized air conditioning and heating systems in our homes, which heat or cool the air in a specific location, then blow it through the home through a series of ducts. It’s an effective and relatively easy way to keep your home comfortable. As you may have imagined, it also requires electricity to run, which is where most of the monthly costs become involved. (Though gas-fed furnaces also include natural gas in their costs.) That’s one of the reasons why your air conditioning and heating technician is also skilled in electrical work. Here are a few facts to emphasize the importance of good electrical skills for HVAC services.
What Components Run on Electricity?
The most important component in your system that runs on electricity is the fan apparatus, particularly the fan motor. This pushes the heated or cooled air into the ducts to travel through your home. It may not sound like a lot, but actually, it’s everything. Electrical problems with the fan motor force the system to work harder than it should to do its job. That means your home will take longer to become comfortable and you’ll pay more for the privilege in higher monthly bills to boot. But it means more than that.
Without the fan operating, hot air or cold air is likely to stay trapped inside the system. With the furnace, this can cause sensitive components to overheat. With the air conditioner, this can create ice on important components like the evaporator coils, which can cause a huge amount of expensive problems in a very short amount of time.
Furthermore, air conditioners run on refrigerant cycling through a series of valves and coils. That, too, requires electricity to function, as do condensate pumps and similar important components. Without electricity, such components would simply stop.
Spotting a Problem vs. Fixing One
Electrical systems require formal licensing and training to repair, which is why you should always contact a professional when it comes to problems with your heater and air conditioner. But a loss of electricity can be an easy way to spot a problem with your air conditioner or heater, and even provides a quick troubleshooting solution in the event your system won’t turn on. Before you call for repairs, check the breaker box in your home. If the switch has been flipped, reset it and see if that solves the problem. If the system stays off, or the breaker switch flips again after the HVAC system has run for just a few minutes, then you should call for repairs. The step will help prevent any unnecessary costs for calling a technician.
When looking for an HVAC repair service, you have a lot of options. But the teams to look for are often those who offer heating and air conditioning repairs as well as electrical repairs. They usually have the skills to handle electrical problems with your system quite well.
For heating and AC repairs in Spring Valley, NY, call on Design Air, Inc.