3 Most Common Air Conditioner Problems
by The Cooling Company, on Apr 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM
Your air conditioner is a long-term investment in your comfort and wellbeing. You obviously want it to function flawlessly for as long as possible. With the higher temperatures registered every summer and your everyday busier lifestyle, the last thing you need is a problem with your air conditioner.
You can usually avoid these problems by investing in regular air conditioner tune ups or maintenance. Unfortunately, sometimes, you fall prey to routine and get caught in the whirlwind of more urgent issues, and you forget all about maintenance.
When the unexpected happens, all you can do is assess the situation and deal with it yourself of call in professionals. Here are three of the most common issues air conditioners face and how you can deal with them.
3 Common Air Conditioner Problems
If you notice that, although your air conditioner is running, it fails to cool your home as it should, the first thing you can do is to make sure all the doors and windows are closed. Also, make sure the area you wish to cool does not exceed its capabilities. If the unit was designed to cool a smaller space, forcing it to cool larger spaces will only jeopardize its functionality and raise your energy bills.
If the air conditioner fails to start, the first step is to make sure there is power going to the unit by checking to see if it is plugged in and the power supply is functional. Lower the thermostat temperature and check the fuses and circuit breakers. Turn off the unit and let it cool down for a few minutes before turning it on again. If none of these operations works, call a certified technician for help.
Poor Installation and Maintenance
Air conditioner installation and maintenance are jobs for professionals. Unfortunately, many homeowners choose to consider them as DIY projects from the desire to save money or choose the wrong service providers.
The results are, most of the time, poorly installed units, prone to malfunctions. A poor installation is the number one thing that will drastically reduce the life of the HVAC system causing components to malfunction and go bad. This can cause thousands of dollars in extra repairs. The most common air conditioner issues stemming from faulty installation and poor maintenance are:
- Duct leaks
- Limited airflow
- Poor efficiency
The only measures homeowners can take, besides calling professionals and ensuring that their equipment receives adequate service, is to clean the coils and replace the filters to prevent premature failure of the fan or compressor and to keep the air intakes clear at all times, to ensure proper airflow.
This problem usually appears when the unit is improperly installed or when it leaks refrigerant. Despite common beliefs, refrigerant additions are not always an answer. The best strategy is to have a certified HVAC technician identify the root of the problem and dictate the measures to be taken. If there is a leak, it is important that it be sealed before recharging the system. The repair should be verified and the required amount of refrigerant should be estimated carefully.
In the past, almost anyone with basic skills and experience could replace air conditioner refrigerant; however, since EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) announced the R-22 phase out, things have changed.
The refrigerant is no longer available in local stores, and, often, the varieties available do not meet EPA standards. As the R-22 is phased out the cost of R-22 and related repairs are raising daily due to the rising cost of the refrigerant. The agency recommends homeowners choose their service providers carefully, among licensed contractors, with reliable suppliers and high material and labor quality standards.
At the same time, contractors are encouraged to see beyond their customers' immediate needs and anticipate future ones. Besides making sure they have access to sufficient refrigerant supplies, professionals are encouraged to consider alternative refrigerants and learn how to implement them. This way, their activity will not be obstructed when R-22 is no longer available.
Solve Air Conditioner Problems with Ease – Call The Cooling Company!
Is your air conditioner not functioning properly? It has been a while since it last received maintenance and you would like to make sure it is in good condition? Do not wait until the heat becomes unbearable! Ask for help now!
No matter what type of problem your air conditioner has, at The Cooling Company, we have the best and most innovative solutions on the market. Our technicians undergo continuos training, we keep ourselves up to date with new discoveries, we have a reliable network of refrigerant suppliers, and we do not rest until we see our clients satisfied.
Call (702) 567-0707 now or use our appointment form to schedule a service appointment online, and your air conditioner problems will be history! With our award-winning services and 24/7 emergency assistance, your comfort and peace of mind are guaranteed!