Summer is the time of year when air conditioners are most likely to develop problems of some kind. The added strain of operating for longer hours over several months increases the odds of the system malfunctioning in some way. These malfunctions can manifest in a number of ways, including as a noticeable drop in the system’s cooling output. If your air conditioner isn’t cooling as well as it should be, read on to find out why that might be happening.
Your air conditioner is able to cool your home by evaporating and condensing refrigerant in the two coils that make up the system. The air conditioner does not consume refrigerant, but instead recycles it back and forth throughout its service life. A leak in the refrigerant line will cause the refrigerant level inside the system to drop, resulting in a decline in the system’s output capacity. If your air conditioner is blowing out the same amount of air, but it isn’t as cool as it normally is, it might be because of a refrigerant leak. Have a professional check out your air conditioner as soon as possible if you suspect that it’s leaking refrigerant. The system can break down entirely if the refrigerant level drops low enough.
Clogged Air Filter
Most homeowners aren’t even aware they have an air filter in their AC, but they do. If you don’t change out the filter in your air conditioner every three months or so while you’re using it during the summer, it has the potential to become clogged. A clogged air filter will block most of the air from entering the air conditioner, resulting in the system’s output capacity falling. If your air conditioner isn’t sending out as much air as it should be, it might be because the air filter needs to be changed. Try swapping out the air filter and see if that fixes the problem, or have a professional take care of it for you if you don’t know how to do it yourself.
Does your air conditioner seem to turn itself on and off without completing a full cooling cycle? Such as every couple of minutes instead of every 10 to 15 minutes when you first turn it on? If so, then it’s probably short-cycling. Short-cycling is an issue often caused by electrical problems with the system, and it significantly hinders the air conditioner’s ability to cool the home. The bigger issue with short-cycling, however, is that it ramps up the rate at which the air conditioner wears down over time. The longer the system short-cycles, the more prone to breaking down it’s going to be. So, make sure that you call a professional if you notice your air conditioner short-cycling.
Switzerland Air provides comprehensive air conditioning repair services in Lake Jackson, TX. If you need air conditioning services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians. We can restore your air conditioner to proper operating condition, no matter what condition it’s in right now.