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What Are the Most Common Problems with Air Conditioners?

What Are the Most Common Problems with Air Conditioners?

The air conditioner is no doubt one of the most important modern inventions in history. It allows climate control for homes and businesses when the heat and humidity of summer try to beat down on us.

Air conditioners serve various purposes, making them an essential appliance for the home and workplace. Air conditioner improves the air quality and maintains the right amount of moisture and temperature.

However, just like any other machinery, constant use of air conditioners tends to sustain a significant amount of wear and tear.

Air conditioner repair can be pricey. Therefore, it is essential to schedule regular maintenance and tune-up of AC with experienced HVAC contractors to enjoy the best performance of AC in summer.

It is also crucial to learn about various common air conditioning problems to take preventive measures to avoid them.

Here are some of the most common problems with air conditioners that you might have to deal with

  1. Air Conditioner is not Working or Turning On

If your AC is not turning on, check the thermostat batteries and change them if they are dead. In case the batteries are in working condition, check the thermostat setting to determine if the cooling mode is on your anticipated temperature setting.

If the thermostat is on, but the air conditioner still fails to turn on, check the circuit breaker. Sometimes the circuit breaker is tripped, and the AC does not turn on. Reset the breaker by overturning the switch off and then on.

If none of the solutions work and your AC is still not turning on, call the Air conditioner repair company, so they can check your AC as soon as possible.

  1. Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is used to remove heat and humidity from the air. When refrigerant starts leaking in the refrigerant lines, the unit does not perform properly, and the temperature starts to fluctuate.

A refrigerant leak can cause various problems like

  • Freezing of coil
  • Damage to the compressor
  • Irregular Cooling
  • Low efficiency

Unfortunately, simply adding the refrigerant to the system does not solve the problem.

The technician needs to find the leak area, repair the holes in the lines, test the repair and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. This process can be complex and time-consuming, especially when there are multiple leaks.

Keep in mind that the performance and efficiency of the air conditioner are optimum when there is a refrigerant charge, as mentioned in the manufacturer’s specification.

In case of a refrigerant leak, get your AC checked by professionals as soon as possible.

  1. Frozen Evaporator Coil

It is important to understand when you come across a frozen evaporator coil that it is supposed to be cold but not freezing.

The freezing of the evaporator coil occurs when something goes wrong with the airflow, and the air conditioner does not receive enough air required for the operation. The evaporator coil gets too cold, and later ice starts building up on the surface.

A frozen evaporator coil can make the freezer stop working and make your AC freeze up. A frozen evaporator coil is usually the result of dirty filters, blocked ducts, vents, or a broken fan that causes unsatisfactory airflow in the system.

A clean air filter is important to enhance airflow and indoor air quality. You can clean the AC filters yourself or call professionals for help.

  1. Drainage Problem

All the humidity and moisture that AC removes from air needs to go somewhere. It is usually removed from space through the drain line into a pan and then down a drain. The drain pipeline can get clogged with dust, debris, and algae.

If the line or drain gets clogged, the water can back up and cause damage to the system. It also results in the growth of mold, fungus, and mildew, causing foul odors to filter into your home.

In order to prevent this, make sure that the drain line is regularly inspected, cleaned, and maintained. When there is humidity outside, check the condensate drain to ensure that it’s not clogged and appropriately drained.

  1. Sensor Problem

A thermostat sensor is located behind the control panel, near the evaporator coil in the air conditioner. The role of the thermostat is to measure the temperature of air coming in the evaporating coil and then adjust the cooling based on humidity and temperature of the room.

If the sensor is knocked out of the position, it can randomly turn on and off the cycle. The sensor should be positioned near the coil but not touch it. Regulate the sensor by winding the wire that grips it in a particular position.

Contact AC Repair Company

If you face the problems mentioned above or any other issue, contact the air conditioning company to get your air conditioner fixed right away. The professionals at Bulldog Air Conditioning & Heating Repair have years of experience in providing the best AC repair services. You can contact them anytime.

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