We’ve all been there at one point or another. It’s hot out and the only relief in sight is your nice and cool air conditioning unit in your home. But alas, every once in a while, something unexpected occurs and your HVAC unit has broken down in the middle of summer in New Mexico. What could be the cause? How can you fix it? Most importantly, what can you do to prevent it? Don’t worry, Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling is here to help!

  1. 1. Blown Capacitors – These are essential components for your HVAC unit. Without capacitors, your system could stop cycling which could cause more damage. 2. Tripped Breakers – It’s normal for breakers to trip, especially when electrical usage in your home may be at its highest. If it happens too often though, have Affordable Service inspect your system and make sure there isn’t any faulty wiring. 3. Broken Thermostats – Surprisingly, this is one of the most common reasons why an HVAC system will stop working. Keep an eye on them to make sure they’re working properly. 4. Refrigerant Leaks – Not only can these be bad for the environment, but a refrigerant leak can cause a total breakdown of your HVAC unit. 5. Lack of Proper Maintenance – Not maintaining your system and doing regular maintenance is the number one cause of your HVAC system crashing.

Maintaining your system is easier than it sounds. Every three months check your air filters and replace if needed. On an annual basis, have Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling check and tighten all connections and perform a tune-up while you’re doing an inspection. Also, have Affordable Service check your refrigerant levels. If there’s a 10% loss in coolant levels, it’ll increase your operational cost 20%!

One great way to stay on top of your maintenance is to have Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling inspect your HVAC unit once before Summer and once before winter. Winter would also be a good time to have your furnace inspected. We offer annual service contracts to keep your air conditioning units well maintained Also, if you have an issue, our service contracts include priority service which will bump you to the front of the line. Lastly, our service contracts also include a discount on repair costs, but the regular preventive maintenance will save you money in the long run as well. You can schedule a time for us or request an estimate on our home page. We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas.