Tackling Some Common Problems With Your Residential Air Conditioner

15 November 2021
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Regardless of the type of air conditioning system you have in your home, it is bound to experience problems from time to time. The best way to deal with these problems is to have them fixed as soon as they're discovered. Why? Because AC problems won't fix themselves, and ignoring them only leads to bigger problems that are more expensive to repair.

With that said, here are some problems you may encounter with your residential AC system and how they can be solved.

Broken Thermostat

A thermostat is the AC component that is used to regulate your home's indoor temperature. You simply set the temperature you want for your home at the thermostat and your AC system will work to reach that temperature. 

Once the desired temperature level is reached, your AC equipment will stop running and only turn on again when the temperature inside your home rises above the preset level.

If you have a thermostat that's broken, it won't perform its job of controlling your indoor temperature. When this happens, your AC unit will run continuously, as there is no mechanism to communicate when it should stop running. This can cause your residential cooling bills to add up quickly.

Like clogged air filters, broken thermostats will need to be replaced with a quality product. Choosing a low-cost, substandard thermostat for your AC system may turn out to be a false economy if you end up with a bad thermostat sooner than you had expected.

Refrigerant Loss

Your air conditioning system should never lose refrigerant. If yours is, then it means there is a leak within the system. Refrigerant is found in the copper coils of your AC equipment. Any damage to these coils can cause refrigerant loss, thus resulting in a low refrigerant level. 

To curb refrigerant loss, your AC coils will have to be checked for leaks, and any leak that is found should be sealed. Once leak repair has been performed, the entire system will need to be refilled to get the refrigerant level back to normal.

Blocked Air Filter

Of the many different kinds of air conditioning issues that you face at home, a clogged air filter is one of the most common. Dirty air filters are an inevitable part of AC operation because the air that gets drawn into the cooling system via the return air ducts contains dust and other tiny particles.

As the air filter traps these particles and removes them from the air, they eventually become clogged and impede proper airflow. The inhibited airflow not only causes your AC system to run harder than it should to deliver the desired cooling output but also increases energy usage, resulting in higher cooling bills.

Luckily, a blocked air filter requires a relatively simple fix — changing the air filter. This is something you can do yourself if you have the proper knowledge and tools for the job.

Air conditioning problems are every homeowner's nightmare, especially if they arise during the cooling season when most contractors are busy. That said, these problems can happen at any time and will need to be addressed quickly. To ensure the necessary repair work is done professionally, don't hesitate to contact a fully trained AC contractor for air conditioning repair