While there are a number of issues that can arise from any air conditioning unit, the most common types usually fall into the same general categories: refrigerant leaks; electric control failure; poor maintenance; and drainage problems.
As a homeowner, it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint the problem, especially when you’ve inherited an AC system with the purchase of your home, or you’ve received service from questionable technicians. If you don’t know the history of your unit, or are unsure of your maintenance record, it’s always a good idea to have a thorough inspection by a trusted source – and we can help you with that.
In the meantime, take a look at some of the most common air conditioning problems:
Refrigerant leaks can be harmful to the environment, so it’s important that you not only diagnose the problem correctly, but make sure it’s fixed properly. Low levels of refrigerant are usually either due to a leak, or an undercharged installation. Your service technician should not only fix the leak, but also test the repair and charge the system with the appropriate level of refrigerant. Your air conditioner will perform its best (and be more efficient) when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specifications.
Electric Control Failure
If your air conditioner turns on and off frequently, or is oversized, the compressor and fan controls can wear out. This will cause electric control failure. Wires and terminals can also become corroded, which will cause problems in your system. Electrical connections and contacts should be examined carefully as part of a professional service call.
One of the simplest things you can do to prevent system malfunction is to change your filters regularly and clean the coils. If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to collect and build-up dirt, the system will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.
On humid days, take a look at the condensate drain to see if it’s draining properly (and isn’t clogged). If you suspect a draining problem in your air conditioning system, call a professional.
Of course, the best way to avoid problems with your air conditioning system in the first place is to maintain and operate it properly, and schedule regular service calls from a qualified technician. We can help you and your home stay cool, and avoid future problems that can be ill-timed and incredibly costly. If you have any questions regarding potential air conditioning problems, or if you need to schedule service, call us at (317) 585-8981.