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Causes of Low Air Conditioner Output

air-conditioner-repairLow air conditioner output is a common indication of a problem with the system. It’s also more likely to happen during the summer, when strain on the system is higher than at other times of year. If your air conditioner’s output is lower than it should be, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. While you’re waiting for your repair technician to arrive, have a look at some of the possible reasons why the output is low below.

The Air Filter is Clogged

The best-case scenario for why your air conditioner has low output is that it has a clogged air filter. Most people don’t know that they have to change their air filters at least once every three months. If the filter is not changed often enough, it will eventually become clogged with dust and other particulates. A clogged air filter will prevent most of the air flowing through the ducts from making it into the air conditioner, cutting down on its output capacity in the process. Changing the air filter should solve the problem.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is blowing plenty of air, but it isn’t as cool as it should be, it’s possible that you have a refrigerant leak. The air conditioner relies on refrigerant to cool the home, recycling it back and forth during operation. The system doesn’t consume refrigerant, and relies on the same amount of refrigerant throughout its lifespan. A refrigerant leak will deprive the air conditioner of output capacity over time, as the fluid level in the system drops. If the leak isn’t patched, the air conditioner will eventually break down when the refrigerant level in the system drops too low. Make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice fluid dripping from your air conditioner.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner’s drop in output is accompanied by unusual stopping and starting rhythms, it might be because your system is short cycling. Short cycling cuts down on the system’s output level severely, by preventing it from completing a full cooling cycle. On a longer timeline, short cycling also causes serious issues for the health of the system. The stress of never completing a full cooling cycle increases the rate at which the various parts of the system wear down. The longer the problem is allowed to continue, the more it frequent and costly repairs for your system will become. If you allow your air conditioner to short cycle long enough, you will probably have to replace your system years earlier than you otherwise would.

It’s important to remember that any noticeable drop in output is cause for concern. Better to call for professional services as soon as possible than to wait and possibly have to replace the entire system.

Western Sales & Services, Inc. provides a full range of air conditioning repair services in Vestavia, AL. If you need air conditioner repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.  

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