Top 4 Air Conditioner Problems

It is summer time and temperatures in most parts of the country have skyrocketed as of late. This has prompted many homeowners to turn on the air conditioners sooner than normal, and herein lays the problem.

A lot of people fail to notice the warning signs their heating and cooling systems give off when they start experiencing problems, or even worse, purposely avoid them to save money in the short-term.

You can only get lucky a few times, however, and this is where many of us get into trouble. When the temperature outside has escalated into the 80 to 90-degree range, an air conditioner that blows warm air is simply unacceptable! To keep your cool (mentally and physically), here is a brief list of the most common AC problems.

Is your AC acting up?

  • Leaking refrigerant – much like oil is to a car, refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioner. Without it, the device would be an oversized fan, one that merely transfers hot air from one spot to the next. Dumping more liquid into the AC is not the solution for a leak. Although this can work as a temporary fix at times, it will not resolve the problem. An air conditioner running low on refrigerant is akin to premature wear and tear, and ultimately failure. The system needs to be charged just right to run properly, something a licensed HVAC professional is equipped to handle.
  • Lack of routine maintenance – more times than not, it is the little things that lead to severe air conditioner issues. Not replacing the air filter on time is one such example; a clogged filter will naturally increase pressure in the lines and force the compressor fans to work extra hard. Before you know it, that $20 filter has just caused your $1,000+ air conditioner to break. Do the math. Proactive maintenance is always cheaper and less stressful.
  • Problems with the electric controls – faulty electrical wiring can trigger a whole host of AC issues, ranging from intermittent compressor engagement to non-activation altogether. None of these problems are any better than the other; full-service system inspections include checks for wire and contact corrosion, and should thus be scheduled at least twice per year.
  • No drainage – a clogged condensate drain will stop water from flowing out of the air conditioner, which is definitely not good. This is more likely to occur when moisture levels are high, so be sure to keep an eye on the drain if you live in region prone to humidity.

Instead of forcing yourself to call an HVAC contractor in the middle of a hot summer day, make the smart choice and have your air conditioner inspected while it is not in use.

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