The most common air conditioner service call we come across in Florida has to do with the condensate pan repairs. The most usual problem with the drain pan is a clogged drain line. This happens often in Florida because with the high humidity, algae and mold are able to grow easily. Because often times the air handlers are located in space that is not conditioned i.e. attics or garages, the moist drain line is even more inviting for these types of bacteria to flourish. The good news is that this repair is very inexpensive and can often be cleared by the homeowner by using hot water and a shop vac.
Another common repair is a capacitor replacement. The capacitor is one of the most inexpensive parts on the condensing unit and they tend to fail somewhat regularly. Although they cost just a couple dollars wholesale and can be changed out in under 30 minutes, having a failure can be stressful. A failed capacitor could keep the system from cooling or heating entirely. The can fail due to corrosion because they are exposed to the elements. Often times a technician will be able to identify if the part has a reasonable expectation to fail in the near future and can be replaced on a maintenance visit.
Another relatively inexpensive but common AC repair is due to loss of refrigerant charge. Although the the system is sealed, refrigerant may still be lost. A slow leak could occur from pinhole leaks, joints, bents and other vulnerable areas of the coil. In addition to charging the system, leak checks should also occur.
A common repair that is more expensive is evaporator coil leaks. Although these occurrences are becoming less and less common, they are painful they do happen. They are becoming less common because the industry has, for the most part, corrected a design flaw and changed from copper evaporator coils to tin or aluminum. These new materials are immune to formicary corrosion. The repair is expensive because the coil is a major part of the evaporator system and there is usually a substantial amount of refrigerant lost.
To avoid the need for air conditioning repairs, Melco HVAC Services of Orlando recommends to have annual maintenance performed on your system. This ensures all parts of operating smoothly and your system will be at minimal risk of failure. If you are needing service for your system or would like a quote on an annual maintenance agreement, contact us today. We waive all diagnostic and trip charges if you decide to have our company complete the repair for you.