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Common Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for

air-conditioning-tool-bagSummer continues to scorch the region. We’re willing to bet that you’re probably relying on your air conditioner for most of the daylight hours to keep your home comfortable. Of course, more demand means more strain on the system, which means a higher chance for problems to develop. It’s a good idea to be aware of the common problems that can affect an air conditioner, so that you can call for repairs as soon as you start to see warning signs. Let’s have a look at some of the common air conditioning problems that you might have to deal with this summer.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner is able to cool your home using refrigerant. It evaporates and condenses refrigerant to absorb heat inside the home and release it outside. The system doesn’t consume refrigerant, but recycles it between gas and liquid. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will start to rob the system of its output as the level of fluid in it drops. If you notice that fluid is dripping from your system, especially if it’s accompanied by a drop in output capacity, you should call for repairs as soon as possible.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner is turning on and off every few minutes, you probably have a short cycling issue. Short cycling is when the air conditioner is unable to complete a cooling cycle, usually due to an electrical short or a damaged compressor. Short cycling has a number of negative effects on the air conditioner. First, it cuts down on its output capacity significantly. Second, it seriously increases the amount of wear and tear that the system accumulates over time.

The longer a system is allowed to short cycle, the more likely it will be to develop problems of various kinds. Your repair costs for the system will skyrocket, as parts begin to give out under the strain. Prolonged short cycling will shorten the effective lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. If you notice that your air conditioner is short cycling, you should immediately call for professional repair services.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter is a fiber mesh that sits in the air return duct of the system. All dust and other contaminants that might otherwise be sucked into the air conditioner are caught by the air filter, helping the system to run smoothly. However, the air filter doesn’t have any method for ridding itself of the debris that it collects. If the filter isn’t replaced often enough, it will become clogged. This will cut off the flow of air into the system, causing efficiency for it to drop. Fortunately, this is easily solved by just replacing the air filter every three months or so.

Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling provides air conditioner repair services in Roswell, GA. If you need air conditioning repair services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. We’ll make sure your air conditioner is in top operating condition.

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