As we move closer to summer, you’re going to start using your air conditioner more and more often. That added demand is going to increase the rate at which the system wears out, making it more likely to develop problems that could make you really uncomfortable really quick. Preventive maintenance is a good way to keep your air conditioner healthy during the summer, but it’s not a guarantee. As long as you’re using the system, you need to keep an eye out for signs that the system need professional help.
Your air conditioner cools your home by recycling refrigerant back and forth to absorb heat from inside, and vent it outside. It relies on the same charge of refrigerant from the time it is installed onward, which means that a leak in the line can pose some pretty serious problems. Refrigerant leaks will slowly deprive the air conditioner of its ability to cool, as less fluid is available for it to use. Eventually, the refrigerant level can drop low enough that the entire system fails. If you notice fluid dripping from your air conditioner, it’s a really good idea to call for repairs as soon as you can.
If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every few minutes, it’s probably short cycling. This is often caused by a faulty compressor, or by an electrical short in the system. Short cycling makes it difficult for the air conditioner to cool the home properly, as the system is designed to operate in full cooling cycles. It also increases the rate at which the system wears down, however, which is a much bigger problem. The longer an air conditioner short cycles, the more likely it will be to develop other issues. The added wear and tear can also shorten the lifespan of the entire system. Have a professional check out your air conditioner immediately if you think it’s short cycling.
Clogged Air Filter
A clogged air filter is a common problem for air conditioners, since most homeowners aren’t aware that they need to change theirs once every three months while using the system. If the air filter for the system is clogged, it will prevent much of the air in the ducts from entering the air conditioner. No air entering the system means no air for the system to cool and blow throughout the home. The good news is that this is actually a really simple problem to fix. Just replace your air filter with a fresh one at least once or twice during the summer, or have a professional do it for you if you don’t know how.
These are just a few of the problems that can affect air conditioners. If your air conditioner is acting at all strange, it’s best to call for professional services just to be safe.
Western Sales & Services provides full air conditioner repair services in Birmingham, AL. If your air conditioner is in need of repair, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.