Do Your Air Conditioning Coils Need To Be Replaced?
Summer is just around the corner—have you completed your air conditioning maintenance check? A thorough inspection of your HVAC system is crucial to maintaining the life of your air conditioner. And it ensures that you and your family have a very comfortable Florida summer. There’s one check that sometimes get left off the checklist—your air conditioning coils.
Your system has two coils: an evaporator coil and a condenser coil. The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing the heat from the air in your home. Here’s how it works. The evaporator coil is full of refrigerant which absorbs the heat from the air blown over the coil. The warm refrigerant then travels to the compressor where it is converted into a gas. The gas then flows into the condenser coils which remove the heat from the refrigerant. As the refrigerant gas cools, it is converted back into a liquid.
If these coils go bad, it greatly decreases the efficiency and effectiveness of your air conditioning unit. The result? A stuffy, warm home this summer. What causes your air conditioning coils to go bad? Typically the culprit is low refrigerant. It’s important to check for leaks when performing your HVAC maintenance. If you have one of the Air Hawk maintenance plans, our professional technician will ensure that your coils receive a thorough inspection.
How To Tell If Your Air Conditioning Coil Need To Be Replaced?
Pinpointing the exact issue with your air conditioning unit can be a little difficult. The possibilities are quite vast. However, to help you determine if your air conditioning coils might be the culprit, here a few signs that usually point to them.
- Only warm air is blowing out through your air vents
- Air conditioner continually shuts on and off without doing much in terms of cooling
- You notice strange sounds such as a banging or hissing
- There are leaks near the indoor unit
- The air conditioner will not turn on at all
If you know the source of your issue is one of the items listed above, give the Air Hawk team a call. We will do a full inspection of your unit and determine whether your coils can be repaired or if replacement would be the best option. One factor that impacts whether you should repair or simply replace your air conditioning coils is the age of your unit. For older units, especially those still using R-22 refrigerant, replacement will usually always be the best solution. A simple repair might be recommended for newer, more efficient units. If you’ve notice persistent issues, it is time to replace your air conditioning coils.