Your air conditioner is an important part of your home one that you will notice immediately if and when it fails. You want it to be working in peak condition, especially when it’s hot outside. The last thing you want is for it to suddenly go out on you. Using your air conditioner consistently will lead to wear and tear that is normal for the machine but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for other problems that may come up. Noticing issues with your air conditioner ahead of time will allow you to have it repaired before it becomes a bigger issue.
Some common issues that can lead to needing to repair your air conditioner are:
Refrigerant Leaks – You should check the refrigerant in your air conditioner on a fairly consistent basis and be sure that it’s not low. If it is, either it was improperly charged during installation, or it’s leaking. Adding refrigerant to a leaking system isn’t going to fix the problem. You’ll need a trained repairman to make any needed fixes. You don’t want to have a system that is either over or undercharged. Leaking refrigerant can be dangerous to the environment and any wildlife (or children) in the area.
Dirty Filters and Coils – Not regularly cleaning your machine can cause wear and tear to become significantly more damaging. Your air conditioner will fail to work properly and will lose life expectancy due to improper maintenance.
Electric Failure – The electric controls to the compressor and fan can wear out over time, especially if the machine is not the right size for the area its cooling. Corrosion and damage can cause controls to fail as well. It’s important to know what this looks like so you’ll know if you need to call in a repairman for service.
Sensor Issues – If your thermostat sensor isn’t working correctly then the whole system may be working inadequately. Check to make sure the sensor is located near the evaporative coil but not touching it. A serviceman can fix it if you’re not sure that the sensor is working the way it should. (A good way to tell is that your machine is acting erratically, turning on or off at odd times or running constantly.)
Drainage – Make sure your air conditioner is draining properly and isn’t clogged. A clogged machine can cause water to flow into the electronics shorting it out and causing severe damage.
If you’re looking at having your air conditioner repaired for any of the above problems then feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you out with your cooling issues.