The 5 Most Common Air Conditioning Problems And How To Prevent Them
During the long, hot summer days we rely heavily on our air conditioners to remain running and providing its maximum performance. However, there are things that can cause our air conditioner to lose efficiency or even break down completely. We have put together a list of the most common air conditioning problems and what you can do to fix them yourself.
Problem: The Air Filter Is Dirty
Keeping your air filter clean and clear is imperative to helping maintain the efficiency of your air conditioner. If your air filter is dirty or clogged, the airflow through the unit will be restricted and your air conditioner’s overall ability to effectively cool the air will be reduced. You should check your manufacturer’s suggestions on how and when to change your air filter, and then do so accordingly. Some air filters will require monthly maintenance, while others may only need to be changed every three months, and some are even reusable and will simply need to be cleaned. You can check to see if your air filter is dirty by checking if any light is able to pass through it. If light is not able to pass through your filter, then air probably isn’t able to pass through properly either. This is a simple fix, if you haven’t changed your air filter recently be sure to do it now and then continue to maintain the air filter as suggested by the manufacturer.
Problem: The Thermostat
The thermostat plays a very important role in the efficiency of your air conditioning system as it controls the temperature setting in your home. When it comes to your thermostat, you want to make sure that it is on, the inside is clean, it is level, it is not being affected by sunlight, and that it is on the correct setting. If you have a programmable thermostat, it is important to check that it is programmed correctly to provide a comfortable temperature when you are home and a slightly higher temperature when you’re not home and not using it. It is important to make sure that your thermostat is not being affected by sunlight, or anything else that may produce off a lot of heat such as a lamp, as this will cause your thermostat to improperly read the temperature in your home and will make your air conditioner run more than necessary and less efficiently.
Problem: The Refrigerant Leaks
Refrigerant is the coolant your air conditioner uses to cool the air. When refrigerant is leaking, your air conditioning system will not work correctly, and the temperature will fluctuate. A refrigerant leak is not only bad for your air conditioner, it can also be harmful to the environment. Refrigerant leaks often occur because the system was not properly charged at installation. If you have a refrigerant leak, simply adding more refrigerant will not fix the problem. This problem is going to require a licensed and trained professional to fix the leak, test the repair, and then charge the system properly.
Problem: No Air Is Coming Out Of The Registers
If you turn your air conditioner on and no air comes out, it is probably because the fan on the outside of the unit is not running properly. The outside fan not running is actually usually a simple problem to fix as it usually just means that the breaker has been tripped and needs to be reset.
Problem: You Neglected Annual Checkups
Just like going to a doctor for an annual checkup can help reduce the risk of us developing any chronic or serious illnesses, having an annual checkup done on your air conditioning system by a licensed and trained professional can help keep your system running at its maximum efficiency year after year. A professional technician is able to recognize any potential signs of issues and correct them quickly, which will keep repair costs low if any repairs are necessary.
If you are having an issue with your air conditioner that you are not able to fix on your own, or if you would like to have a professional licensed and trained technician come out and inspect your system for an annual checkup, call C & S A/C Services today! We are happy to help you keep your air conditioner working at its maximum capacity all year long!