In Southwest Florida, air conditioning isn’t a luxury: it’s an essential part of day-to-day life. We love all of the great outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, and kayaking that are available mere minutes from our homes but, at the end of the day, nothing feels better than stepping into a perfectly cooled home. Unfortunately, just like any other appliance, air conditioners can break down and malfunction. It’s important to be aware of what the most common breakdowns are so that you can keep an eye out for them. Here are some of the most common problem-causing issues for your AC.
One of the simplest issues that can cause a whole host of bigger problems with your air conditioner is a thermostat that is on the fritz. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause your air conditioner to underperform, run constantly, or not turn on at all. Although the thermostat is physically a very small component of your HVAC system, it is essentially the catalyst that starts and then controls the heating and cooling process.
Another common problem with air conditioning systems is a lack of refrigerant. Low refrigerant levels can lead to higher utility bills and the inability for your AC unit to properly cool your home. A lack of adequate refrigerant is most commonly attributed to a leak in the system. Leaks can be a result of faulty installation or just wear and tear. A leaking system will not only fail to cool your home, but leak harmful substances into the Earth’s atmosphere.
One of the most damaging malfunctions for an air conditioning system is compressor failure. When the compressor fails, your air conditioner loses its ability to move the refrigerant through your system. This leads to the air conditioner only blowing warm air through the ducts, rendering your unit completely ineffective and useless. Premature compressor failure can often be attributed to a lack of maintenance and improper care. Too much or too little coolant, dirty coils, blocked suction lines, and improperly lubricated components can all lead to compressor failure.
There are a number of issues that can keep your air conditioner from performing at the highest caliber. Luckily each of these problems are serviceable and, in almost every case, preventable. The number one way to avoid any of these problems is with regular service and maintenance. A trained HVAC specialist will be able to check for all of these issues, address any immediate problems, and take preventative steps to ensure continued comfort all year long.