The hotter the summer gets, the busier your local HVAC repair company like Action AC is likely to be. The reason for that is mainly that homeowners usually wait until it’s too late. After all, you’ll feel more motivated to fix your air conditioner if it’s over 100 degrees outside even if you’ve been putting that off for a while.
The second reason is that the hot and humid summer weather increases the likelihood of something going wrong inside your air conditioner. This is why companies encourage homeowners to schedule routine maintenance before the onset of hot temperatures. In some cases, replacing your air conditioner is a better alternative than repairing it.
That’s something you should definitely handle before the summer.
In this article, we’ll list some of the most common issues likely to affect your air conditioner during these hot summer days.
Contrary to what most people believe, running your air conditioner does not deplete its refrigerant reserves. However, leaks in the coils and the refrigerant lines do allow the refrigerant to slowly escape, ultimately leaving your air conditioner low on this crucial component.
This leads to a low refrigerant charge. If the air conditioner does not have enough refrigerant it will have a hard time cooling the air in your home. This will cause it to run longer, consume more energy, overheat and in some cases break down.
To fix this issue, an experienced technician should detect and seal the leaks. Then they will add a fresh supply of refrigerant.
Obstructed Air Flow
There are several reasons why the air flow in your air conditioner might be obstructed. One of the most common issues technicians deal with is vegetation growing around the outdoor unit, preventing the heat from escaping. This could quickly lead to overheating and will definitely cause your air conditioner to run inefficiently.
The second common issue experts are faced with are dirty air filters. Homeowners’ rarely think about replacing the air filter, but the more your air conditioner runs the dirtier the filter gets. This ultimately leads to a filter so dirty that it completely blocks the air flow. This is why it’s important to replace it at least once a month during the summer or however often your user manual suggests.
Finally, if you’re having a problem with dirty filters, it’s also worth to inspect your coils as they tend to get dirty as well. Having clean coils means the air can keep moving freely over them, cooling your home efficiently.
Some of the electrical parts of the HVAC are more susceptible to damage during the hot summer days. For example, be careful when using the weed whacker around the outdoor unit, as it can clip the wires or damage the fins.
The capacitor is the component most susceptible to damage. If your unit is not properly maintained, it could easily overheat from the increased workload or exposure to the sun.
The issues mentioned on this list are usually easily fixable, but if not taken care of promptly could lead to the most common and most serious issue on this list: compressor failure. Poor airflow, overheating, electrical issues or low refrigerant charge could all push the compressor over its limits, leading to its complete breakdown.
That is why you need to get in touch with a licensed repair company as soon as you notice any signs there might be something wrong with the air conditioner such as uneven cooling, unusual sounds or anything else out of the ordinary.
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Compressor failure could be really expensive to repair, which is why you should have your air conditioner frequently checked, at least twice a year during the spring and summer before periods of extensive use.