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Condensing Unit Overview

Are you having trouble maintaining the right temperature in your home without constantly adjusting the thermostat? Maybe you’re wondering why your energy bill keeps going up unexpectedly?

These are signs that it might be time to have your condensing unit looked at by a reliable Houston HVAC company. Often, when your Houston HVAC system is struggling to perform, the condenser unit should be the first component you check.

A well-maintained condensing unit can make all the difference when it comes to the efficiency and effectiveness of heating and cooling system performance. But let’s talk about why. Why is maintaining it and keeping it at its optimal condition can save both money and repair or replacement bills in the future?

We’ve never been shy about sharing information without clients about their system and how to care for it, so let’s dive in.

What is a Condensing Unit?

Houston HVAC systems play a critical part in keeping homes and commercial spaces alike comfortable all year long. The condenser unit is the most critical component within these systems particularly because of the central role it plays in cooling the air.

The condenser unit is what’s responsible for moving coolant through your system. It includes both a compressor that pumps the coolant, as well as cooling coils to transfer extra atmospheric heat. The compressor also ensures that everything keeps flowing efficiently.

If a condenser unit is malfunctioning, it can create many problems in other parts of your HVAC system. A common problem is where the coils freeze up which blocks coolant from flowing as it should. This leads to overheating and the compressor can be destroyed as well.

You can lower the risk of a major failure like that by regularly maintaining your Houston HVAC with AIRTEAM. Our MVP Planned service program keeps your system running smoothly year-round and can increase the lifespan of your condenser unit.

If your HVAC system is showing signs of trouble, be sure to reach out to us for help ASAP. One of our knowledgeable technicians can come out and diagnose the issue and repair it on-site.

Benefits Of A Well-Maintained Houston HVAC System

Let’s face it, with the Houston climate being anywhere from earth-scorching hot in the summer, to only relatively cold in winter—air conditioning is a necessity.

The truth is, an HVAC system is a significant investment, so you want to stay on top of the maintenance to get the longest life from it. If you thought a system was expensive now, wait until you’re replacing one every four years because it’s not maintained. There are other benefits to keeping a well-maintained HVAC system as well.

Reduced Energy Usage and Utility Bills: An optimized HVAC system, specifically the condenser unit, will operate more efficiently and cool more with less energy usage. The savings you see on your utility bill add up quite a bit and your system doesn’t have to work as hard. You do like lower utility bills right?

Extended Lifespan: Regular HVAC maintenance can extend your system’s lifespan significantly. Routine cleanings and inspections can catch minor issues before they turn into major failures.

Prevents Expensive Repairs: Being that the condenser unit is the most expensive component in Houston HVAC systems, its maintenance is crucial. Regularly maintaining the condenser unit along with the rest of the system prevents expensive repairs. Kind of like what we touched on just above—it keeps developing problems that are easy to fix from becoming expensive failures.

What You Can Do To Prolong Your Unit’s Lifespan

Your condenser unit is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. If it goes out, it gets hot real quick in Houston during mid-July. While you should leave physical maintenance of the unit to trained professionals, there are some things you can do that help. Here are a few basic tips:

  1. Keep the area around your free of brush and clutter to help ensure its efficient performance. This can reduce dirt and dust accumulation around the condenser unit which reduces airflow.
  2. Regularly do a visual inspection of your condenser unit for external signs of wear. DO NOT attempt to open the casing. You can visually check the fins, listen for unusual fan noises, and spot any debris interference.
  3. Have your condenser unit serviced regularly by signing up for our MVP planned service program to ensure we can be on top of any developing issues with your system. You can rest assured your system will be operating at peak performance and efficiency levels.

Common Condensing Unit Problems And Solutions

While the condensing unit is the most important part of an HVAC system they also work the hardest. This can lead to an increase in problems that can arise such as:

Leaks— Condenser units operate under pressure 24/7 which can lead to a leak over time. If you notice any fluids leaking from the outdoor unit, shut it off and call us IMMEDIATELY. Failing to do so can lead to complete burnout of the unit and it will require replacement.

Frozen Coils— Your condenser coils may freeze up during winter months which can affect its efficiency or cause irreparable damage if not checked out ASAP. If you leave it unchecked, it can get worse as the system ages and cause a total breakdown.

Dirty Filters—Your condenser unit’s filters may become clogged with dirt and debris over time, restricting airflow and forcing your condenser unit to work harder than necessary. Therefore it’s vital that you have a service plan like our MVP program so they’re checked regularly and changed when needed. they’re checked regularly.

Electrical Issues— Due to the large amount of electricity necessary running through the condenser unit, problems with electrical components aren’t rare. NEVER attempt to dig into the problem. If you smell some type of electrical burn or weird smell…cut power at the breaker. Call us immediately and let our trained technicians look at it.

Keep Your Condensing Unit Running Smoothly With Our MVP Program

Listen, you invested a lot of money into your HVAC system, why not keep it protected for a small monthly fee? Our MVP program is affordable and will save you so much more in the long run with routine tune-ups and inspections. Contact us today to get signed up!

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