Everyone in your household relies on the air conditioner to maintain comfort all summer long. However, like any machine, it’s common for air conditioners to develop problems with age and heavy usage. If you struggle to maintain your house’s desired temperature, the evaporator coil may be the culprit. Call the experts at Vetted HVAC Services and let us diagnose the problem.
If it’s time to finally replace your old air conditioner, call Vetted HVAC Services for professional AC replacement.
What Is an Evaporator Coil?
Your air conditioner’s evaporator coil resides next to the air handler.
Refrigerant travels through the coil and into a device that reduces the refrigerant’s pressure and turns it into a low-pressure gas. This gas has a temperature that’s just above freezing. The gas draws the heat from the air passing over the coil, making the air cold before blowing it back into the house.
So, as you can see, the air conditioner doesn’t cool the air; instead, it removes the heat.
How to Know the Evaporator Coil Is Going Bad
The average HVAC system runs for years without issue; however, if people fail to maintain the system, or run it too hard, the machinery can break down prematurely. Here are a few signs that the evaporator coil is developing problems and when to call in a pro for help.
- Warm air blowing from the vent.
- The AC cycles on and off quickly.
- You hear strange noises like squealing or hissing coming from the unit while it’s running.
- The AC leaks fluid.
- The AC won’t turn on.
Not all of the above problems are serious. Still, if you notice any, it’s best to call a professional repair company like Vetted HVAC Services for evaporator coil repair or replacement before the entire system fails.
When your air conditioner leaks refrigerant, it can be a dangerous situation. Contact us for our AC refrigerant leak repair.
Is It Better to Repair or Replace the Evaporator Coil?
We know how expensive it is to replace an entire HVAC system, so many Yorkton homeowners prefer repairs over replacement. But, sometimes replacement is the better option. Depending on factors such as age and the type of problem you have, a replacement may be the best road to take. Here are factors to consider:
- Repairing the coils is best if the unit is still under warranty.
- If the cost of repairing the evaporator coil is more than ⅓ to ½ of the new unit’s price, getting a new one makes more economic sense.
- If the unit is over ten years old, replace it.
- If the SEER rating is lower than 12, it’s better to replace the coil with a more efficient one.