This year, we have already performed over a thousand maintenance checks on systems all across the Chicagoland area. Old or new, great condition or very poor, we have seen it all. Many homeowners have this service performed yearly and therefore their system is in pretty good shape. Those that do not have this service performed every year are usually scheduling a cleaning to improve the quality of comfort in their home. They have probably noticed some sort of issue with the system and are hoping that a simple tune-up will solve the problem. In some cases, it does, but in others, a cleaning is not nearly enough to get the unit running properly.
One Symptom, Two Problems
Here is an instance where one symptom could be caused by two different problems. Every day we have plenty of customers that call in and state that their unit is working but that it is not “blowing enough cold air.” We will send out a technician and although this could be caused by many different problems, he will usually find either a clogged air filter or clogged coils. A clogged filter is a simple fix that can be taken care of during a maintenance check by swapping out the old filter with a new one. Clogged coils, however, are much more difficult to clean out, and may even become a death sentence for your air conditioner. (more…)