When your home’s AC system goes on the fritz, you deserve to get the situation resolved right away. However, there could be dozens of reasons why your air conditioner isn’t functioning properly. How do you know which one is causing trouble? There are a few problems that are more common, and recognizing what they are is helpful when your Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Expert is reviewing options for resolving the problem through air conditioning repair in North America.
Here are the top six common air conditioner problems that can cause your air conditioning to malfunction.
Your thermostat tells your AC system when to start and for how long to run. If its settings are incorrect, your cooling may not run correctly. And if the batteries ran out in a programmable thermostat, it won’t be accessible at all. Run through this short checklist to confirm your thermostat is receiving power and operating properly:
Old or inefficient air filters are notorious for turning a perfectly functional and reliable air conditioner into a slow and inefficient one. What’s more, dirty filters will sometimes cause multiple problems, like decreased airflow, lower indoor air quality and higher power consumption. They can also make your air conditioning work harder and stop working if the coil ices over.
You can easily reduce the risk of AC problems by consistently cleaning or replacing your air filter. How do you know when you should change the filters? If you can’t recall the last time you changed them, it’s almost definitely time to. But for a general recommendation, make sure you try to replace flat filters each month and pleated filters every three months.
Your air conditioner’s coils are crucial components because they discharge heat from your home into the outdoor air. But even in the summer, ice can develop on the coils. Frozen coils won’t be able to regulate the cooling process as smoothly, and in certain cases the ice can keep the AC from running outright.
Freezing can be connected to several issues, like:
If your air conditioner has frozen, shut it off and let the ice on the coils melt. This will sometimes take up to 24 hours, but you can quicken the process by switching settings to “fan only.” This blows warm air on the coils without going through a refrigeration cycle.
It’s a good idea to check the air filter first. If you can’t see light through it, change it. The other issues, including dirty coils, a clogged drain line or refrigerant leaks, will need the support of a trained technician.
Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to convert heat. When it doesn’t have enough refrigerant, you could notice you’re getting a lot of hot air. Here are a couple signs you’re dealing with a leak:
If your air conditioner was installed before 2011, it probably uses Freon® or R-22. This refrigerant is no longer being manufactured because of its damaging effects on the ozone layer. Only recycled portions of Freon are accessible, which makes refrigerant leaks more costly to fix.
If your R-22 air conditioning system is struggling with a refrigerant leak, we suggest air conditioning installation due to age and the refrigerant being obsolete. New air conditioners employ Puron or R-410A, which is superior for the environment.
We realize that replacing your AC system can be an emergency that you aren’t prepared for. Ask us about our Advantage Program™, which offers you a new air conditioner for just one reasonable monthly fee. Repairs and maintenance are incorporated, and you’ll get to proceed with any useful manufacturer’s rebates.
Your AC unit needs a condensate drain line to flush water it removes from the air. If you’ve skipped air conditioning maintenance, this drain can become clogged with mold and cause water to flood the system. If this happens, you’ll notice water leaking.
Shut off your air conditioner to prevent damage and get in touch with us at 866-397-3787 for help.
There can be a few reasons why your cooling won’t stop tripping its circuit breaker. Here are some of the most widespread ones:
Like we outlined earlier, examine your air filter first, as that is most often the culprit. Any other problems will need to be resolved by an HVAC expert like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
A faulty cooling cycle can also cause problems. Short cycling is an annoying error when the system shuts down before the set temperature has made its way through the remainder of the house. If you think your air conditioner is short cycling, listen to how long the air is working before it switches off. Your average air conditioner generally runs for 15 to 20 minutes and stays inactive for around a similar period of time. But when it’s short cycling, your cooling is running on and off in quick bursts.
This places heavy strain on moving parts and critical components such as the blower motor. Short cycling or any form of irregular cooling cycles are routinely caused by overheating. The internal chamber gets too hot and then safety components turn the AC off. This happens again and again, especially if the source of the overheating isn’t addressed.
The ideal way for you to minimize air conditioning problems is to participate in a preventive maintenance agreement. At Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we promote several HVAC memberships to accommodate your needs and budget. Inferior wiring, low refrigerant and dirty coils can be found and solved through routine maintenance.
Sometimes repairs are inevitable, but as a maintenance member, you’ll receive special discounts on service, 24/7/365 priority service, no trip or overtime charges and more. Ready to enroll in a membership program or to arrange your repair appointment? Get in touch with us at today!
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