Summer is the most stressful time of year for air conditioning systems. They operate for much longer hours throughout the season, and as a result are much more likely to develop problems. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid using your air conditioner to stay cool. That’s what it’s for, after all. What it does mean is that you need to be watchful for signs that your air conditioner is in need of repairs. If you can detect issues with your air conditioner early, you can get them repaired faster and prevent more damage that they might have caused. Have a look below at some common air conditioning problems and their symptoms.
Let’s start with one of the most dangerous problems that can affect your system. Short cycling is when an air conditioner turns itself on and off without completing a full cooling cycle. This can happen due to electrical issues in the system, or perhaps due to a malfunctioning compressor.
Short cycling has a number of different negative effects on your air conditioner. First, it will prevent the system from cooling as well as it should be able to. Second, it will increase the rate at which the system wears down. It’s that second one that makes short cycling such a threat to the air conditioner. An air conditioner that is allowed to short cycle will be more prone to developing problems, and will have its lifespan shortened by an increasing amount of time. You should always call for repairs immediately if you notice your air conditioner short cycling.
An air conditioner cools the home by evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. The system uses the same charge of refrigerant throughout its life, and shouldn’t ever need a refill. Unless, that is, the system springs a leak.
Refrigerant leaks lower the level of refrigerant in the system, resulting in a drop in output capacity over time. If the refrigerant level drops low enough, the air conditioner will break down entirely. If you notice fluid leaking from your air conditioner, or the system’s output is noticeably low, you should have a professional take a look at it.
Clogged Air Filter
Most people aren’t aware that their air conditioner has a filter in it, and that it needs to be changed every few months in order to keep working properly. If the filter is not changed periodically, it can become clogged and cut off the flow of air into the system. This can cause other problems in the system if it isn’t corrected in time, like causing the evaporator coil to freeze over. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing much air, it might be because the air filter is preventing it from getting the air flow it needs. Make sure that you have a technician check your air filter for you, if you don’t know how to do it yourself.