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3 Major Repairs Your AC May Need (And How to Avoid Them)

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedUgh, repairs. Nobody wants to face repairs because they mean something has gone wrong. In the summer, even thinking of “AC repairs” immediately makes people start to break out in a sweat because they imagine their home turning into a combination of an oven and greenhouse—at least until they’ve gotten certified HVAC technicians to fix the problem.

It’s our job to help restore home air conditioners to working order, but we understand that most people would rather not have a reason to call us in the first place. Below are three of the major repairs your air conditioning system may need this summer—as well as how you can prevent them from happening.

ONE: Replacing the compressor

This is the big repair we hope you can avoid. The compressor is the literal heart of an air conditioning system, because it’s where energy is transferred to the refrigerant so it circulates through the AC to create heat exchange. A compressor undergoes enormous amounts of strain over the summer, and the wear on its parts and its motor may eventually cause it to overheat and burn out. Replacing the compressor is an expensive repair, and often people find it more cost-effective to have a new AC put in. Annual spring maintenance is the best way to prevent this. If you notice the AC hard-starting or making grinding noises from the outside cabinets, call for repairs that can head off a compressor failure.

TWO: Sealing refrigerant leaks and recharging refrigerant

Refrigerant doesn’t get used up as an AC runs, so ideally you should never have to have replacement refrigerant put in to recharge the system. But leaks can happen along the refrigerant lines, causing a drop in charge, loss of cooling power, and eventually a full system breakdown. It’s hard to prevent these leaks because they’re the result of corrosion from chemicals in your household air. However, you may catch them early enough to make the repair simpler: don’t hesitate to call for repairs if you hear hissing from the cabinets or notice a rise in temperatures.

THREE: Defrosting the evaporator coil

Ice should never appear on your AC. If it starts to develop along the indoor evaporator coil, shut off the air conditioner and get repair technicians in. They’ll defrost the coil and find out what other repairs need to be done to stop it from happening again. You can’t prevent all potential causes for an iced over coil, but changing the air filter in the HVAC system routinely (every 1 to 3 months) will stop one of the most common reasons this happens.

There’s no way to stop ­every single cooling system malfunction, so if the day comes this summer when you need fast and effective AC repair in East Brunswick, NJ, schedule the service with us. All our technicians are NATE-certified so you can relax knowing the right people are on the job. We recommend you sign up for our maintenance agreement to help your air conditioning system run at its best in the future.

Look to a company with 90 years of history to solve your AC troubles. Scaran serves Staten Island and its neighbors.

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