When we turned on the cooling system in early April, there were some issues with it.
Although it started right up, the cool air coming from the vents had an unpleasant, musty odor.
There seemed to be a lot more dust and debris getting blown in and yet less cool air than normal. The system was definitely making more noise and struggling to keep up with demand. I did a little research into potential causes for the problems and realized the system required maintenance. While the cooling system had been sitting idle for six months, dust and other debris had mostly likely gotten inside. The buildup of debris within the inner workings was restricting airflow and diminishing comfort levels. There was the potential of mold growth on the cooling coil and maybe even algae living in the condensate drain. I was hopeful that peak operation of the air conditioner could be restored with a call to a licensed HVAC professional. HVAC contractors have the specialized technology, training and tools to take the air conditioner apart. All manufacturers recommend annual troubleshooting, cleaning and adjustment of all ages and types of cooling equipment annually. Checking electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, verifying the condition of the belts, testing the thermostat and removing any buildup of contaminants promotes maximum efficiency, capacity and reliability. It ensures better air quality and more even temperature control. We’d been very remiss in scheduling this service. Before I could make the call, my husband decided to handle these tasks on his own. He’s not especially handy, but I figured he couldn’t hurt anything. He spent an entire Saturday taking the air conditioner apart and working on it. When he put everything back together, there were parts leftover. The air conditioner wouldn’t even start up anymore. I then hired an HVAC contractor for air conditioner repair, which was much more expensive than maintenance.