With summer on the way, it’s important to keep an eye on your air conditioner for any problems that might develop. Preventive maintenance will help prepare the system for the added stress of summer, but even that can’t guarantee that problems will not develop.
You still need to keep an eye on your air conditioner for signs that it needs professional repairs, so that you can have it fixed before whatever is affecting it gets any worse. Here are three more common air conditioning problems you might run into during the summer, and what causes them.
Refrigerant leaks are often caused by simple corrosion of the pipes, which can happen depending on the environment your air conditioner is installed in. While at first it won’t be noticeable, the output capacity of the air conditioner will drop the lower the refrigerant level sinks. If the refrigerant level drops low enough it will eventually cause the system to break down entirely. Make sure that you call for repairs if you notice any fluid leaking from your air conditioner, especially if it’s accompanied by a drop in output.
Short cycling is often caused by electrical issues in the air conditioner, and causes the system to turn off before it can complete a full cooling cycle. This prevents the system from cooling as well as it should, but it also accelerates the rate at which it accumulates wear and tear. The longer the air conditioner is allowed to short cycle, the more prone to developing other issues it’s going to be. Short cycling can also reduce the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years, so it’s important that you have it repaired as soon as you can.
If your air conditioner looks like it’s freezing over, you should definitely have it looked at as soon as possible. It’s most likely caused by a clogged air filter, which cuts off the flow of air to the coil. Without fresh air to gather thermal energy from, the air around the coil will keep getting colder and colder until it freezes over. A frozen coil will be unable to cool the home, and will eventually cause the air conditioner to break down. So, make sure that you have a professional check out your system for you before that happens.
When it comes to air conditioning issues of all kinds, the important thing is that you act quickly to prevent as much damage as possible. The longer you wait, the more you’re going to have to pay in repair services later. If you notice anything suspicious about your air conditioner, don’t just ignore it until it gets worse. Contact a professional as soon as you can, and your system will be much healthier overall.
Southwest Heating and Cooling provides a full range of air conditioner repair services throughout Littleton, CO. If your air conditioner is acting strangely, and you think it needs repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.