Arizona is known for having a dry climate accompanied by searing heat. However, there are times that heavy rain showers may occur despite the hot weather. This phenomenon is known as a monsoon, which regularly occurs beginning in June. In this post, your commercial air conditioning specialist will discuss the effects of summer monsoons on your HVAC system and how you can protect it.
How Do Monsoons Affect Your HVAC System?
Monsoon is more than welcome in a dry area, as the rain can cool down the hot, desert quite a bit. This can affect homes, however, and HVAC systems in particular. Monsoons can decrease your HVAC unit’s efficiency and cause it to work harder than it should. In addition, along with monsoons come dust storms, flash floods, and lightning strikes. Not only will these endanger your home, but also your HVAC system.
How Can These Issues Be Resolved?
Listed below are common issues caused by monsoons and the dust storms that accompany them, as well as the actions recommended by your local air conditioning repair experts:
Dust and debris buildup. Not only will dust and debris make the exterior of your home or car dirty, but they’ll also cake the outer portion of your HVAC system as well. This reduces its efficiency as it blocks the evaporator coil and condenser unit, so much so that it won’t be able to release heat from the refrigerant and will struggle to keep your home cool. It can also lead to a spike in your monthly energy bill. Once the storm passes, check your outdoor unit. If it’s dirty, use a low-pressure sprayer to clean off the dirt.
Clogged condensate pans. If debris gets into your drain line, the water will overflow back into your home, causing water damage. If you find that your line is clogged, you can unclog it with a wet or dry vacuum. Otherwise, you’ll have to call a professional to lend you a hand.
Dirty air filters. Air filters need to be replaced every one to three months. With a recent monsoon and the dust carried around by a dust storm, however, you’ll have to replace yours more frequently. We recommend checking your filter every two weeks. If the air coming from your vents is weak, then it’s time to replace your filter.
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