What Happens if You Neglect Your Air Conditioner?

Phill Crawley

Smarter Air & Electrical

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What Happens if You Neglect Your Air Conditioner?

In the world of home maintenance, some tasks seem small but have a profound impact. Maintaining our air conditioning and heating systems has a major impact on our comfort, bills and health, so should be at the top of our list of priorities.  Let’s delve into the top issues caused by a lack of air con maintenance and why it’s essential to keep it clean.

 

1. Reduced airflow through system strain

A dirty air conditioner filter is akin to a blocked respiratory pathway for your air conditioning system. When dust and debris accumulate, the filter can no longer facilitate the smooth passage of air, leading to reduced airflow. This forces the air conditioner to work much harder than it should and risk the motor overheating, just like running a marathon with a blocked nose!

If you neglect to clean your air con filters every three months, your system’s efficiency can drop. It has to run longer and work harder to circulate air and maintain the desired temperature, which can lead to wear and tear on its components much faster than if it were running under optimal conditions. Parts like the blower motor and fan can be particularly affected, as they have to compensate for the reduced airflow.

Moreover, this strain doesn’t just affect the moving parts. The system’s overall operation becomes less effective. Rooms may take longer to reach the desired temperature, or they might not get there at all, resulting in uneven cooling or heating, hot and cold spots, and a general decrease in comfort levels throughout the home.

The added strain on the system also increases the risk of breakdowns. Overworked components are more likely to fail, potentially leading to costly repairs or even the need for premature replacement of the entire system. In essence, the health of your air conditioning system and its longevity are directly tied to something as simple yet crucial as the cleanliness of its air filter.

 

2. A hotter home just when you don’t want it

A well-maintained air conditioning system is the cornerstone of comfortable indoor living, especially during extreme weather conditions. However, when annual maintenance is neglected, the system’s cooling efficiency can plummet, leading to a series of cascading issues that go beyond the simple inconvenience of a dirty filter.

Firstly,  annual maintenance check are not just about cleaning or replacing filters – they involve a comprehensive inspection of the entire system. This includes checking refrigerant levels, inspecting and cleaning coils and ducts, cleaning filters and ensuring all electrical components are in good working order. When these checks are skipped, minor issues that could have been easily fixed escalate into major problems.

For example, low refrigerant levels, often detected during routine maintenance, can cause the system to work harder to cool your home, reducing efficiency and increasing energy costs. Similarly, dirty coils can impact heat exchange, further straining the system. Electrical connections, if not regularly tightened and inspected, can lead to unsafe operation or even system failure.

Neglecting annual maintenance can also lead to an undetected accumulation of dirt and debris not just in the filter but throughout the entire system. This buildup can restrict airflow and diminish the system’s cooling capacity, leading to uneven cooling, increased humidity levels inside your home and a potential decline in air quality.

 

3. Bigger bills with poorer performance

When annual maintenance of an air conditioning system is overlooked, one of the most immediate consequences is the escalation of energy costs. This increase isn’t just about the system working harder to push air through a dirty filter – it includes a range of issues that can occur when the system isn’t regularly inspected and serviced.

Without annual maintenance, various components of the air conditioning system can fall into disrepair or operate inefficiently. For instance, refrigerant leaks, which are often identified and rectified during routine checks, can significantly diminish the system’s cooling efficiency, leading to increased energy consumption. Similarly, essential components like capacitors and contactors, if not checked, can malfunction, causing the system to run intermittently or inefficiently, further driving up energy use and potentially leading to costly repairs.

Electrical connections and wiring are also inspected during a maintenance visit. Loose connections or worn wires can lead to inefficient operation and potential safety hazards, both of which can contribute to increased energy consumption. Additionally, the system’s ductwork is examined for any leaks or blockages that can reduce efficiency and force the system to consume more energy to maintain desired temperature levels.

Beyond the mechanical and electrical aspects, the system’s overall calibration and thermostat settings are also assessed during maintenance. A poorly calibrated thermostat can cause the system to run longer than necessary, increasing energy usage. Ensuring the thermostat is accurately reading and reacting to indoor temperatures is crucial for maintaining energy efficiency.

 

4. Unsightly and potentially harmful moisture damage

While a dirty filter can significantly contribute to moisture issues in an air conditioning system, neglecting annual maintenance can exacerbate this problem and lead to broader implications, including potential ceiling damage. Air con makes sure all parts are functioning correctly to prevent moisture buildup that can harm your home’s structure.

During routine maintenance, a technician will inspect the system’s drainage channels. These channels are vital for carrying condensation away from the unit. If they’re blocked or not functioning correctly, water can back up and potentially leak into your home, causing damage to ceilings and walls. Over time, this can lead to costly repairs, mould growth and even structural issues if left unaddressed.

Additionally, the evaporator coils are checked and cleaned during maintenance. Dirty coils can freeze over, and when they thaw, excess water can overflow the drip pan, leading to similar moisture issues. This problem is often preventable with regular checks and cleaning.

The system’s overall performance and efficiency are also evaluated during a maintenance visit. An inefficient system can lead to inconsistent temperatures and humidity levels inside your home, further contributing to moisture problems. Properly maintaining the system helps ensure it regulates humidity effectively, reducing the risk of condensation and moisture-related damage.

 

5. Organising your air conditioning maintenance

So now you know the risks of not staying on top of our air conditioning maintenance. But don’t worry—that doesn’t mean you need to become an expert or worry about when your system needs a check. Simply book an annual service, and from then on, Smarter Air & Electrical will give you a friendly reminder each year to book your next service.

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