Not a fan of the heat? You’re not the only one.
After all, it can have serious effects on the body. As your body temperature increases, you may experience headaches, tiredness, or dizziness. There’s also a possibility of dehydration.
Fortunately, there’s an invention that allows us to stay cool even on hot summer days—the air conditioner.
Do you have one at home? Is it not working as well as you want it to? If so, it might be in need of some repairing.
We’ll be going over some of the most common AC problems below. Keep reading to find out what they are!
5 of the Most Common AC Problems
There are a few things to know when it comes to air conditioners. Here are some reasons why yours might not be working properly:
1. Low Refrigerant
Refrigerant allows the AC to remove heat from the air. Without it, there will be no air conditioning.
As it is, however, it’s not uncommon for refrigerant lines to develop leaks. When this happens, you won’t have enough refrigerant to cool the air effectively.
The easiest way to fix this is to hire a repair technician—they’ll be able to identify and fix the leaks for you.
2. Problems With the Fan
An AC consists of two fans—one blows air over the evaporator coil whereas the other blows hot air away from the building. Problems with any of the two can result in poor airflow.
It’s important to fix the issue as soon as possible as it’ll only get worse with time. For example, it can cause the compressor to overheat and fail.
3. Leaking Ducts
Every air conditioner has a ductwork system that’s responsible for distributing cool air. As with the refrigerant lines, however, they can also develop leaks.
More often than not, this is due to holes in the ducts, which may or may not be caused by rodents. As a result, the AC will not be able to distribute cooled air properly.
4. Dirty Condenser Coils
The condenser coil removes heat from the refrigerant by expelling it outdoors. Over time, however, it can be covered with a layer of dirt—this can impede heat transfer.
Put it simply, your air conditioner will have to work harder to expel the air. Left unfixed, this can lead to a system failure.
5. Frozen Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coil is the part of the air conditioner that absorbs heat from the air. If it gets too cold, a layer of ice can develop, which can impact its ability to remove heat.
How can you tell if the coils are frozen? Look to see if there’s any moisture or condensation around the air handler. Turn the AC off if you notice any—that’ll let the ice to thaw.
Fixing Your Air Conditioner
And there we have it—5 of the most common AC problems. Fortunately, most of these issues are fixable so you won’t need to get a new system!
Want to learn more about HVAC systems? Then be sure to check out some of our other blog posts!