When air conditioners suffer serious problems, they tend to do so at this time of year, with months of high summer temperatures behind us and weeks to go until the weather starts to cool down consistently. A good maintenance session can be extremely helpful this time of year, especially if you haven’t scheduled one in the last 6 months or so. That can give you an idea of any potential problems that may be lurking in your system, as well as performing little tasks like tightening loose bolts and lubricating moving parts. If more serious trouble is detected, it lets you schedule a formal repair session sooner rather than later.
Such sessions can involve almost anything, but give the general high usage of most air conditioners here in Holladay, UT, they tend to crop up late in the season more than any other time. Here’s a quick list of 3 of the most common issues, which you should watch out for.
1. Leaking Refrigerant
Your system depends on refrigerant to do its job, and while leaks in the system aren’t supposed to occur, sometimes they do. When that happens, the system usually had to work harder to do its job: bills my spike for no apparent reason, the air might not be as cool, and frost may form on the refrigerant coils. Never scrape off the frost if you spot it; shut down the system and call for a repair technician instead.
2. Capacitor Issues
The capacitor provides voltage for key electrical components, such as the compressor and the fan motor. If it runs into trouble, air flow could drop, the air might not be as cool as it needs to, and in the worst cases, your air conditioner won’t turn on at all.
3. Low Air Flow
Low air flow can be caused by problems with the capacitor such as the kind described above, but also from blockages in the system, unchanged filters, excessive dust on certain components, and even trouble with the ducts.
For any air conditioning repair issue, call the professionals at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating and Air.