Having the ability to cool your Atlanta home or business is more than a convenience. Air conditioning allows you to withstand the extreme temperatures occurring during the peak summer months. A visual inspection of your system can prevent failure at the most inconvenient times. Atlanta air conditioning specialists check specific items to ensure your cooling unit operates effectively and is dependable when the temperature outside rises.
The outside portion of your HVAC system is called the condensing unit. It contains the compressor motor, evaporator coils, and other essential working parts. A compressor motor serves as a pump to draw heat from the internal HVAC setup. Withdrawn air is compressed with refrigerant to provide cooling. If one of the condenser components becomes too dirty or has a malfunction, it can put your cooling comfort at a complete standstill.
HVAC Replacements: What to Expect During an Inspection?
A thorough inspection of your system can help a professional identify the need for HVAC replacements. A visual overview includes evaluating the location of the condensing unit. These are a few questions you should ask yourself during the evaluation: Does it reside on a concrete slab or on the ground? Do weeds or other debris surround the condenser cabinet? Does the location provide appropriate air circulation? Does the unit make a loud noise that might annoy a neighbor during inconvenient hours?
First, an air conditioner should never be partially underground. Second, close vicinity to a covered deck, shrubs, or other structures can limit air circulation. Third, debris is a main cause for dirt buildup on components. You should keep debris cleared away from your air conditioner. Last, systems installed right next to a property line may cause noise problems with nearby neighbors. This positioning can be a direct violation of building codes. If the positioning does not follow code, make sure to get this problem resolved right away.
A technician must check the cabinet to ensure it is level. Damage to fins, dirt buildup, and debris can reduce air flow to the condenser coil. Fan damage must also be detected and repaired accordingly. Technicians also look for a service disconnect switch. Disconnect switches, fuses, and circuit breakers may be located on the building near the unit. Their size should coincide with data plate specifications.
Wiring may be evaluated visually or through testing to ensure damage has not occurred due to overheating or exposed wires. Conduit covers the actual wiring of the system and may not be protecting all the wiring due to damage. Wiring fixes may be one of the HVAC replacements needed to ensure sizing and current capacity guidelines are fulfilled.
Refrigerant lines could pose a problem if they have bends or a sufficient amount of slack. The suction line needs to have plenty of insulation installed. When copper piping is connected to the condenser, it can vibrate or cause settling. These are common reasons for refrigerant leaks.
Older units may not have a data plate available to use as a specification reference. A technician might have to use other methods to determine the exact requirements of your system. Operating temperature and compressor noise levels are also monitored during an inspection. Bardi professionals can perform a detailed inspection of your system in order to prepare it for heavy summer use. Call us today to schedule your preventative Atlanta air conditioning maintenance appointment.