If your air conditioner runs into problems in the fall, you may be tempted to wait it out until the following spring. But if you continue running a faulty air conditioning system without making repairs as soon as possible, you may be without air conditioning entirely. What seems like a minor problem that can wait a little longer may turn into a major repair need later on and cost you far more than it would cost to fix right now.
There’s still some time left before the heating season begins here in Holly Springs, NC, so you may need your air conditioning system to keep comfortable for a while longer. However, if a “minor” repair need doesn’t have too much of an effect on the temperature in your home, some homeowners may choose to put off repairs. But what seems like a minor repair need now may lead to other parts failing, which could cause your system to break down over time.
Some Examples of Immediate Repair Needs
For example, a damaged blade or a faulty motor keeps your indoor fan from working properly. This fan is important, and not only because it distributes cool air to your home. The blower fan also blows warm air from your home over the evaporator coil to help with the evaporation process, and so that refrigerant can absorb the heat. But if there is not enough warm air blowing over the coil, it may begin to freeze. While you may still feel some cool air even with a faulty fan, it may severely damage your air conditioner, and your unit will likely suffer in terms of efficiency.
So why not keep the air conditioner turned off? One reason is that you may be caught off guard by an unseasonably warm day. And some problems, such as condensate leaks and refrigerant leaks, simply should not wait for repairs. Refrigerant leaks may pose some environmental or health concerns, while leaks from the condensate pan may attract mold or mildew in the home.