Summer is just about the worst time to have your air conditioner malfunction on you. It’s also the time of year when it’s the most likely to happen. All the strain on the air conditioner makes it more likely to develop issues related to wear and tear over the course of the summer.
Hopefully, you already had maintenance done on your air conditioner during the spring to keep the system as healthy as possible. even if you have, though, you need to keep an eye out for signs that your system is in trouble over the next few months. The best way to do that is to know the signs that your system is in trouble. One of the more obvious signs that your air conditioner is in trouble is if its output starts to suffer.
One of the more serious issues that can lead to low air conditioner output is refrigerant leaks. The system is designed to use the same charge of refrigerant throughout its life. The lower the refrigerant level in the system drops, the less able it will be to cool the home. Low refrigerant will eventually cause the air conditioner to break down completely, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you call for repairs if you notice fluid dripping from your system. Especially if the output for the system is dropping at the same time.
Clogged Air Filter
The air filter is designed to protect the air conditioner from the dust and other contaminants that tend to collect in the average home. The filter does its job well, but it needs to be changed at least once every three months or so while you’re using the system regularly. If this doesn’t happen, the filter will eventually become clogged and cut off most of the air from flowing into the air conditioner. This will prevent the system from cooling as well as it should, but it will also eventually lead to problems like the evaporator coil freezing over. Change the air filter yourself every three months to prevent this from happening, or get a technician to do it for you if you don’t know how to do it.
Short cycling is when the air conditioner turns on and off every few minutes. It prevents the air conditioner from cooling properly, but it also increases the amount of wear and tear the system suffers in a short period of time. The longer the air conditioner short cycles, the more likely it will be to develop other problems. Short cycling also shortens the lifespan of the air conditioner, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your system doing it.
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