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The Most Expensive AC Repair to Look Out For

Air conditioners require a few repair needs throughout the entirety of their lifespans—that’s just unavoidable. What is avoidable, however, are the most expensive repairs, like compressor breakdowns and refrigerant leaks, by early detection and precision installation. It’s time to stop treating an air conditioner like some ghost that lives in the basement for fifteen years, and like a member of the family that it is. Vigilance is the key to keeping an AC in good condition.

Today, we’re going to go over some of the most expensive AC issues that we consistently see. Air conditioning repair in Tarrytown, NY shouldn’t be backbreaking for a budget, so if any of these issues sound familiar, it’s a good idea to contact our experts immediately. Maintenance and vigilance are going to keep an air conditioner in good condition and avoid the majority of these problems.

Pay Close Attention

Air conditioners rarely just break down unexpectedly. Unless a system has been systematically neglected over time, it should only break down when something has been damaged or a problem has been reoccurring for a long time. Pay attention to some of these expensive repairs to see if anything sounds familiar.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant leaks can be devastating. They’re usually signified by low cooling output, a hissing or bubbling noise, or high energy bills from a system that’s consuming too much energy to compensate. The real problem with refrigerant leaks is that a patchwork repair isn’t necessarily always going to fix it. Refrigerant lines are supposed to run without leaks for the entire lifespan of a system, so when there’s a leak, there could be a problem with the pressure that the refrigerant is being kept at, or something else. Sometimes sizing problems can contribute to refrigerant leaks and those can compound the cost of a repair. Make sure a professional is called when dealing with a refrigerant leak.

Compressor Problems

The compressor is like the heart of an air conditioner. It’s responsible for keeping refrigerant lines pressurized and cycling them from condenser coil to evaporator coil, essentially controlling the cooling process. Compressor repairs are both time-consuming and extremely expensive. This is usually a last resort for homeowners, and often a complete system replacement is more cost-effective than a compressor repair. If an air conditioner is unable to cool a home or is shutting down unexpectedly, it could be from a faulty compressor.

Coil Issues

Let’s say a homeowner forgets to change the air filter of their air conditioner and contaminants like dust and dirt get inside the system. What this ends up doing is irreversibly damaging the coils of the air conditioner by covering it with dirt and dust. Eventually, coils can become practically useless in the cooling process when they become too damaged. These repairs are incredibly expensive and often occur later in an air conditioner’s lifespan where a replacement might be the more cost-effective route to go. Either way, a good way to halt this type of problem is by protecting the interior components of an air conditioner and replacing the air filter regularly.

Don’t become the victim of expensive repairs. Call the team at Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators for a comprehensive approach.

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