Thank heavens we have central AC systems to keep us cool as summer seems never ending here in the desert. As much as we rely on our AC system to keep us cool all summer long, there tends to be certain things that we don’t understand about this ever-important system. There are many misconceptions out there about AC units and how they work. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about a few of them to help you better understand your central AC system.
How Often Does Refrigerant Need to Be Charged?
Many people look at their AC system and the refrigerant that is vital in it working properly and compare it to a vehicle that is constantly needing to be filled with gas. It is true that sometime, a homeowner will need to have the refrigerant recharged in their unit. However, your AC system is a closed system and refrigerant isn’t something that gets burned through like gasoline in a vehicle. Your AC unit is a closed system. This means that it is cycling the refrigerant through the system over and over again without that refrigerant ever getting used up or low. The only time that you will be facing a recharge of your refrigerant is if you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. This can happen as your AC unit nears the end of its useful life.
Is it Better to Turn Off AC when Not Home?
If you have a job that takes you away from your home for several hours a day, it may seem like it would be prudent to turn off your AC system while you are gone. When you do this, you are allowing your home to heat up so much during the day that it can be difficult for your AC unit to get the temperature back down in the evening when you return home. The only time it may make sense to turn off your AC system or to allow your home to be warmer than you want it, is when you are leaving town for several days. Otherwise, turning off your AC system will only end up costing your more money, when you were more than likely turning it off to save money. Keeping your home at an even temperature is going to let your AC work as it should without running for several hours to get your home back down in temperature.
What Happens if You Don’t Service Your Air Conditioner?
Another thing that you may not realize is how important routine maintenance is on your AC system. This gives the professionals at Hal Mechanical the change to inspect your system and make sure there aren’t any small repairs that need to be made to help your unit run more efficiently. Routine maintenance can help you extend the life of your AC system.