Don’t Allow These Preventable AC Problems to Catch You Off Guard!
AC problems are a part of life. Especially in a state like Florida, where people use their air conditioners for the vast majority of the year — not only to cool down the house but to help with humidity too. But just because AC problems are a fact of life doesn’t mean they aren’t preventable. They are. In fact, the most common AC problems that techs get called out to fix are easily preventable with a few common maintenance and care tactics.
No one likes to be caught off guard when their air conditioner starts to act funny, which is why it’s important to be familiar with these common issues. Read on to learn more about these preventable AC problems!
Weak or Zero Airflow
One of the most common air conditioner problems has to do with airflow. After all, if there’s no airflow, the house won’t get cool. Luckily, the most common cause of weak or zero airflow lies in the filter. If the filter doesn’t get replaced regularly, it gets all blocked up with hair, dust, and all kinds of other good stuff that get pulled out of the air when the air conditioner is working. If the filter isn’t the culprit, there are some other things to consider as well.
Sometimes the condenser unit in the outdoor AC unit can become obstructed by leaves and other debris. This can cause the system to overheat, which can prevent proper airflow. Some other issues that could cause airflow include block vents or ducts or a problem with the thermostat.
It can be hard to tell whether the air conditioner is experiencing a refrigerant leak. However, it’s not impossible. Usually, refrigerant leaks can cause the cooling bill to climb because the system loses efficiency. It can also cause the AC to run longer in order to cool the whole home. The humidity in the home often rises when the coolant is low as well.
Refrigerant is important for the proper function of the system. And leaks can be caused by a number of issues. Most commonly, age, time, and wear & tear cause small coolant leaks that slowly cause the AC to malfunction. The best way to prevent a refrigerant leak is to schedule regular maintenance. An AC expert will be able to look for the warning signs that a leak may occur so that homeowners can be proactive instead of reactive.
No Electricity to the Unit
Last on the list of common issues is a lack of power to the unit. When this happens, nothing works- no air blowing and no sound coming from the system. Obviously, when the AC unit doesn’t have power, it can do nothing to cool the home. Luckily, this is most often caused by a tripped breaker. It’s also worth checking the emergency shutoff switch near the unit to ensure it hasn’t been flipped.
The best way to prevent the AC issues above is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance performed by a professional. Not only does this help keep the HVAC system running smoothly, but it also ensures that the system is operating at peak efficiency, which can lower energy bills and keep homeowners happy.
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