Common A/C Problems You May Encounter This Summer in Ohio
by Greg Leisgang on July 11, 2013
Posted in: Air Conditioners
Summer can be a busy time for HVAC contractors, dealing with common A/C problems that can develop from worn out or improperly maintained A/C components. If your A/C stops working, it may only be due to a tripped breaker or a blown fuse. These can be reset after letting the air conditioner cool down for five minutes or so.
There are a number of other common A/C problems that can occur. As a homeowner, it's smart to understand a few of the most common so you can properly troubleshoot and know when to call in the pros.
- Refrigerant leaks: If your air conditioner's refrigerant level is low, there's likely a leak somewhere in the system. Your HVAC contractor will need to find and repair the leak before recharging the air conditioner with the proper amount of refrigerant.
- Electric control failure: Because the fan and compressor controls are frequently switching on and off, they may wear out and have to be replaced. This is more likely to happen if you have an oversized air conditioner that turns on and off frequently.
- Dirty air filter or cooling coils: As part of regular maintenance, you need to be sure to change the air filter regularly and clean the cooling coils when they're dirty. Your A/C doesn't work as well when these components are dirty and is more prone to breakage.
- Blocked drain: Because it removes humidity from the air, an air conditioner can produce quite a bit of water. You may want to check the condensate drain occasionally or during especially humid weather to make sure it's not blocked.
One way to avoid common A/C problems is to have annual maintenance performed on your system before the summer heat arrives. This will allow your HVAC contractor to check all of your A/C components, including the refrigerant system and electric controls. He or she will also make sure there aren't problems with your ductwork that are causing your A/C undue stress.
For help avoiding common A/C problems, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling. We've been reliably serving the greater Cincinnati area since 1959.
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