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How to Avoid Electrical Problems with Your HVAC Unit

When you consider how much it stays hot each year here in Yuma, it’s safe to say that air conditioning is just as essential to your survival as food and water. Unfortunately, electrical issues can downgrade the performance of AC components and even make the system shut down completely. To help you prevent inconvenient breakdowns, we explore some of the common HVAC electrical problems and how you can avoid them.

Loose Electrical Connections

Loose connections are an easily avoidable AC problem. Normally, it only takes tightening the electrical connections to rectify the problem. HVAC technicians usually check and tighten electrical connections during preventive maintenance visits. Therefore, you can easily avoid this issue through diligent AC maintenance.

Tripped Circuit Breakers

A tripped circuit breaker can make your air conditioner stop working suddenly. This usually points to the blower fan pulling in too much electricity. A clogged filter can cause the blower fan to work harder than necessary to move air through it. You can prevent this problem by simply changing your air filter regularly.

Exposed Wiring

Fraying and corrosion are some of the issues that can affect your air conditioner’s wiring systems. HVAC components work harder than usual when the flow of electricity through wires is hampered. This could cause breakdowns. Uncovered wires can also allow moisture into the air conditioner’s electrical system, leading to electrical problems.

If you notice any frayed or bare wires extending from your indoor or outdoor unit, be sure to have them fixed by a professional immediately.

Compressor Issues

The compressor is the costliest part of your HVAC system. You’ll want to try as much as possible to avoid having to replace it. Poor maintenance will allow your AC coils to become dirty, which can easily make your compressor fail prematurely. Schedule an AC tuneup each year to help avoid early compressor damage. In case you notice screeching noises in the outdoor unit, call in an HVAC expert as soon as possible to try to rescue your compressor.

If you take the necessary precautions but still suspect your HVAC system could be having an electrical issue, make sure you contact an HVAC company immediately. If you need help with HVAC electrical problems or any other repair and maintenance needs in the Yuma area, contact the pros at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.