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Do I Need to Worry about Intense Heat Hurting My Air Conditioner?

animated-thermometerSummer heatwaves are fairly common in the southern portions of the United States. While summer temperatures in New Jersey and New York rarely reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it still gets pretty humid in the Garden State. During these heatwaves, you should focus on keeping the inside of your home cool and comfortable. 

Achieving this goal will require the use of a reliable and functional HVAC unit. Most people fail to realize that extreme temperatures can negatively impact certain parts of their HVAC system. Read below to find out more about how intense heat can affect your HVAC unit and the steps you can take to mitigate the risks posed by extreme summer temperatures. 

The Risk of Your Blower Motor Getting Overheated

The average residential HVAC unit pulls in air from outdoors and then heats/cools it based on the thermostat settings. When the outdoor air is brought down to the right temperature, the blower motor will send it into the home. This air will make its way into the various parts of a home via the air duct system. 

Even when the compressor on your HVAC unit isn’t running, the blower fan is continuously working. If your HVAC unit is struggling to produce cool air on an extremely hot day, your blower motor might get overheated. When this component gets overheated, it will usually cause the breaker feeding it power to trip. If your unit is continuously cutting off due to a tripping breaker, you need to call in HVAC professionals to take a look. 

Extreme Heat Can Damage Capacitors

Several components have to work in unison to keep your HVAC unit functional. The electrical components known as capacitors are designed to send the right amount of voltage to your blower motor. If these capacitors are exposed to extreme heat, they might lose their ability to hold an electrical charge. 

In most cases, you will notice a clicking noise coming from the indoor portion of your HVAC unit when capacitors start to fail. While this is a problem that generally happens to older units, defective capacitors can also be found in newer systems. Once you notice this clicking noise, you need to contact HVAC repair professionals to replace these damaged capacitors. 

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

If you want to combat the damage extreme weather can do to your HVAC unit, then you need to realize the importance of routine maintenance. Allowing an experienced HVAC technician to maintain your unit before the hot weather of summer arrives is vital. With their assistance, you can get an idea of how well your unit is holding up. 

Any problems found during the in-depth inspection of your unit will be fixed by the technician immediately. These professionals can also replace your air filters to ensure the airflow your unit needs to operate efficiently isn’t obstructed by dirt/dust-filled filters. 

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert air conditioning services and more. Contact us today!

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