Check Out These Handy Hints From Your Friends at Alco Air!

Did you know that Dr. Pepper was invented in Texas in 1885? In fact, as the home of the fastest road in the US, a ranch larger than the state of Rhode Island and BBQ that will blow your mind, the Lone Star state has a lot of impressive attributes!

However, the record-breaking summer heat may be even more impressive than any man-made feature Texas has to offer. Summer temperatures can soar up to 120 degrees. And rest assured, you will not want to experience an air conditioner breakdown in that heat!

HVAC tech working on ac unit.

Check out these ways to avoid a summer AC failure so you can enjoy your Dr. Pepper in comfort!


Broken Outside Fan

Your AC fan’s job is to assist in the heat transfer that cools your home. However, if this component is not functioning as it should, the heat transfer process will be interrupted and your AC will have to work much harder to keep you cool. Not only does this waste energy, but it can result in a major AC breakdown. It’s important to schedule regular maintenance on your unit to address minor problems with the fan before they become major problems down the road!


Icy Coils

Because your system will undoubtedly get a workout this season, it’s important to note that grime builds up on your unit’s coils with regular use. Eventually, condensation on the dirty coils will freeze, preventing them from cooling your home. If the coils ice over, have a licensed professional come to remove the ice and grime, and get your system up and running again.


Blown-out Motor Capacitors

As you will most likely use your system every day during the summer, its motor capacitors may become inefficient. These components are major parts of your system, and failure to get them tuned-up can result in the motors quitting on you, leaving you with no air at all. If your capacitors blow out on you, be sure to call a technician right away!

Refrigerant Leaks

The more you use your system, the faster refrigerant is forced to cycle through your system, and under a lot more pressure! If your system is under too much stress for a prolonged period of time, it can spring a leak. You’ll know your unit is leaking refrigerant if the unit is rattling and not cooling any air. Call a licensed professional to fix the leak and get cold air blowing in your home again!


Clogged Air Filters

Heat isn’t the only thing you have to worry about in the summertime. Seasonal allergens can wreak havoc on your sinuses—and your AC unit! Airborne particles can build up and clog your air filters and impede proper airflow, which means your system will have to work much harder to cool your home. This will drive up your monthly energy bill and may cause a breakdown from overwork. Additionally, your indoor air quality will suffer from dust and allergen accumulation. Be sure to change your air filters on a regular basis to ensure they are not clogged with allergens!


If you have any questions about summer AC care, give Alco Air a call at (903)-309-1333. We would be happy to help in any way we can!