Air conditioning problems are more likely to occur during the summer, when strain on the system is much greater. As you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable during the next few months, it’s a good idea to be extra aware of any symptoms that may indicate a problem with the system. Have a look at some of the most common problems below, and their warning signs.
A refrigerant leak can be tough to detect when it first appears, depending on how often you look at your air conditioner. The longer the issue is allowed to develop, though, the more obvious it will become. Air conditioners need a set level of refrigerant to properly cool a home. As the refrigerant level in the system drops, its ability to circulate cool air will drop as well. At some point, the refrigerant level will be too low for the air conditioner to continue functioning. Make sure that you call for repairs if you notice that your air conditioner’s output is dropping, or if you see liquid dripping from the system.
Short cycling is when the air conditioner turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. This often happens because of a damaged compressor, or because of a short circuit between the thermostat and the air conditioner’s main system. The longer the air conditioner is left to short cycle, the faster the various parts of the system will wear out and break down. If you don’t have the system repaired quickly, you can end up having to replace the entire thing years sooner than you would have otherwise.
Clogged Air Filter
If your air conditioner just doesn’t seem to be blowing as much air as it should be, it’s possible that you have a clogged air filter. The air filter is a fiber mesh that sits in the air return duct of the system, and protects it from the dust and debris commonly found in home ducts. While the filter is effective at preventing dust from entering the system, it has no way of getting rid of the dust it collects. If the filter isn’t changed often enough, it will become clogged and block air from entering the system.
Air Handler Problems
Another common issue that prevents the air conditioner from circulating enough air is the air handler malfunctioning. The air handler is the part of the air conditioner responsible for blowing air through the ducts during operation. If the air handler fails, the air conditioner will not be able to circulate air through its system. This will essentially cripple the system, even if the rest of it is functioning just fine. If your system isn’t blowing air at all, but it is still on, you might have an air handler problem.
Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers a full range of air conditioner repair services in Rockville, MD. If you need to have your air conditioner repaired, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.