With summer on the horizon, you’re going to be relying on your air conditioner on a regular basis to keep cool over the next couple of months. As the demand on the system increases, you should be watchful for any problems that might develop. Air conditioners are far more likely to have problems crop up during the summer, when the stress on the system is higher than during other seasons. If you want to limit the possible damage various problems can cause, you need to catch them as early as possible so that they can be repaired. Have a look at these common air conditioning problems, and the symptoms they cause.
This is probably the biggest problem your air conditioner can run into. Short cycling is when your system is constantly turning on and off, usually every couple of minutes. Short cycling is an issue because it accelerates the amount of wear and tear your air conditioner suffers from use. It also severely reduces the amount of output that the system can generate. Air conditioners that are left to short cycle for long periods of time will require repairs more often, and will have shorter lifespans. Typically, this problem is caused by either a short circuiting thermostat or a damaged compressor. You’ll need to have a professional examine your system to find out, one way or the other.
Your air conditioner circulates air throughout your home using an air handler, which is basically a large fan attached to a motor. In order to help the system operate more smoothly, the motor uses lubricated bearings to reduce friction. The most common affliction for the air handler is when the bearings start to wear down from use. This causes the friction on the air handler to increase, which makes it harder for the system to circulate air. The biggest symptom you’re likely to notice for this is if the system starts to make a grinding sound during operation. You should call for repairs as soon as you notice this problem, as the air handler might burn out from the strain.
Your air conditioner is reliant on a set amount of refrigerant in order to work properly. The system recycles its refrigerant back and forth throughout its lifespan, absorbing heat and venting it outside of the home. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, the output level of the system will drop along with the fluid level. Eventually, the refrigerant level can drop so low that the air conditioner will actually break down. If you notice your air conditioner output dropping, especially if it is accompanied by fluid leaking from the system, call a professional as soon as you can.
Bell Plumbing and Heating provides comprehensive air conditioning repair services in Denver, CO. If you need air conditioner services of any kind, we can help you out. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure your home can stay cool and comfortable this summer.
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