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What Causes HVAC Systems to Fail?

AC-technicianThere are some, shall we say, less than reputable companies out there that may use their blog space to make wild claims aimed at luring customers to them with promises that they simply cannot keep. You don’t get that when you read our posts, of course, which is why you will never see us claiming to have any secrets or offering any services that will keep your HVAC system running indefinitely. Yes, with our professional installations and exceptional maintenance services we can keep your systems operating as reliably as possible.

However, no HVAC system is going to last forever. Even those systems that are well-maintained and manufactured by the best companies in the industry have finite lifespans. When it comes to HVAC replacement, we’re talking about “when,” not “if”. Working with professionals of the caliber that we have on our team will help you to get the most of your system. Eventually, though, you’ll be getting in touch with our Lexington, SC HVAC professionals to replace your system.

Electrical Problems

There are issues that are going to render an HVAC system irreparable, and then there are those that are just going to be so expensive to fix that repairs are just no longer justifiable. Electrical problems can go either way.

If, for any reason, your system faces a power surge or other such electrical problems, the damage can truly be extensive. A good technician is not going to try to sell you a replacement system that you do not really need. A great technician, however, will be honest about the cost benefit of replacing your system. At some point, if your system is really fried, it may be best to move on.

Refrigerant Leaks

Really? Something as simple as a leak could lead to complete system failure? Oh, you better believe it. Whether dealing with a central air conditioning system or a heat pump, the refrigerant in that system plays a vital role in its overall operation. If you fail to recognize the signs of a refrigerant leak and you continue to run your system, the compressor may fail. When the compressor fails, it’s typically lights out for that system.

That is why excessive icing on heat pumps, short cycling, decreased cooling/heating output, and any other issues that could indicate a refrigerant leak must be professionally assessed as soon as possible. The last thing that you want to do is run your system into the ground as it struggles to compensate for low refrigerant levels.

Lack of Maintenance

If you’ve visited this blog before, then you’ve definitely seen us talking about just how vital professional HVAC maintenance really is. Only when your system is tuned up on an annual basis can you possibly hope for it to function properly. Issues ranging from dirty coils to undiagnosed electrical issues can cause real damage.

They can also be picked up on during routine HVAC maintenance. Catching problems early is the best way to deal with them in a timely manner, and routine maintenance helps to prevent them from developing in the first place.

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling with any questions that you may have.


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