Unfortunately, most homeowners are unsuspecting when it comes to their heating and cooling system.(except the ones who are Comfort Club Members). It’s one of those things which is “out of sight, out of mind”. As long as your heat or AC comes on each season, you assume nothing’s wrong with it.
What we thought we’d do is expose a common situation where neglecting the maintenance of your air conditioner can actually shorten the life of your furnace.
Here’s what happens, when your AC is running pulling moisture out of the air in your home it collects on your evaporator coil inside your furnace. This occurs when the air passing through the coil is being “cooled”.
What is an evaporator coil?
An evaporator coil is a vital part of any heating or cooling system. It is usually found in an air conditioner, because evaporator coils are particularly good at absorbing heat when air is passed through their system. Evaporator coils look like a series of pipes. A furnace, central air conditioner, or other air-modifying device passes the household air through the evaporator coil, which absorbs the air’s heat and sends it back into the house as cold air via a series of air ducts. The two main components of an air conditioner are usually the condenser and the evaporator coil.
Moisture drips into a pan above the furnace burner and blower motor. The water then goes down your drain line to the drain in the floor. Ideally, this line is always free flowing. When it gets plugged, the water build up and begins to overflow onto the burners & blower motor which can cause premature failure.
This occurs undetected by you the homeowner. So the question you have to ask, is this happening with my system. The solution is having an AC Tune Up. Not only does an AC Tune Up make sure your air conditioner operates efficiently, delivering the results you expect, but it gives us a chance to inspect this potential problem. The moisture AC creates from rusting out or short circuiting the electrical of your furnace blower motor.
Our service techs see it all the time. homeowners never get access to this is information until it’s too late.
There are several other situations that our experienced technicians may expose during an AC Tune Up or Furnace Tune Up.