Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems
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Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems

Hello, my name is Jacob. I would like to talk about proper installation and repair of the HVAC system in your commercial building. Full scale HVAC systems for commercial buildings require ongoing maintenance and repairs to keep every floor and room at a comfortable temperature. These temperature control systems also control the air quality in the building by sending the airflow through filter elements. My site will cover all aspects of the upkeep needed for these systems. I will also talk about the benefits of keeping your air quality and temperatures at desirable levels. Thanks for coming to visit my website.

Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems

Why You Should Replace a Leaking AC Unit

Isaiah Chapman

One of the reasons for an AC system replacement is a leak. There are several reasons an air conditioner leaks, most of them have to do with the age of the system. However, before you replace the unit, you need to determine the source of the leak and whether it is more cost-effective to replace or repair the system. Here is a look at the cause of air conditioning leakages and when a replacement is the best solution.

Damaged Drain Pan

The drain pan is situated under your air conditioner's evaporator coils. It catches condensation as it drips and transfers the water into the drain line. Water will leak if your air conditioner's drain pan is damaged or rusted. One sign of an old air conditioner is a rusty drain pan. Therefore, it is better to replace the AC system to resolve the leakage because it has outlived its usefulness.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters block the flow of air over the evaporator coil. This results in AC unit leaks because the evaporator coil gets cold and freezes. When it melts, there is excessive dripping of water that the drain pan cannot contain.

Air filters facilitate proper air circulation. They trap air pollutants to ensure clean air enters your home. When these dust particles form in the air filters, they clog them over time. This affects your evaporator coils and leads to leakages. You don't need to replace your AC system; this issue can be resolved by cleaning the air filters.

Refrigerant Leak

One of the reasons for a leaking air conditioner is the refrigerant. If your AC unit isn't producing cold air, or you find water near your furnace, there is a refrigerant leak. This may also be the case if some rooms take longer to cool. Refrigerant leaks also increase utility bills because your AC system works harder to cool your home.

If the AC unit is too old, it could be the reason your refrigerant is leaking; therefore, you should replace the system. Furthermore, if the air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant, the leaks cannot be repaired. This refrigerant has been phased out. You should invest in an AC unit that uses an environmentally safe refrigerant like the R-410A. Additionally, you should replace the AC if the leak has damaged the compressor. This is because replacing the compressor is expensive, especially if your AC system isn't under warranty.

In Closing

Other reasons your air conditioner leaks include frozen coils, a broken condensate pump, a disconnected drain line, and a clogged condensate drain line. All of these issues can be repaired without needing an AC unit replacement. If you are having AC system troubles, don't rush to conclusions. Invite your air conditioner technician to run an inspection and determine whether it is better to replace or repair the system.