Have you noticed your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be as effective as cooling down your home as it used to be? With the weather finally warming up around here—actually warming up may be an understatement—you want your air conditioner to work flawlessly, right?
And the middle of summer is undoubtedly the worst time for your cooling system to have problems. But… it’s the most likely time for problems to happen. So if you do notice a drop in cooling power, even if it’s slight, it’s reason enough to call in the pros for inspection and possibly repairs.
A drop in cooling power is the sign of AC repair needs we’re going to talk about here today. There are several possible reasons for this, and we’ve covered the most common below. Read on to learn more!
There’s a common misconception among homeowners that the refrigerant in their air conditioners is something that “runs out” like gasoline from a car or oil from an oil-powered appliance. Homeowners also often don’t realize just how important refrigerant actually is.
Your AC system evaporates refrigerant in order to absorb thermal energy from the air in the ductwork. The refrigerant, in gas form, then travels down the line to the condenser coil outside, where it’s condensed back into a liquid, to vent the collected thermal energy outside your home.
This allows the cooling process to occur! If you do have a refrigerant leak, the only way to restore cooling power and prevent compressor damage is to call in a pro to locate the leak, repair it, and refill (recharge) the refrigerant.
This is the name given to when your AC system shuts itself on and off every few minutes. The most common cause of this is the system is too large for the home where it’s installed. However, there are other reasons this can occur too. For example, there might be an electrical short between the thermostat and the AC system, causing it to receive the wrong signals.
Short-cycling can also occur due to a problem with the compressor, which in part is responsible for the operating rhythm of your air conditioner. If short-cycling happens consistently for too long, then your AC system will wear down much faster than it otherwise would have.
Air Handler Problems
If your air conditioning system simply isn’t circulating enough air, then the problem is most likely with the indoor air handler—or air handlers in the case of a ductless system. The air handler is responsible for circulating the cooled air through your living space. The traditional air handler has a large motor with a fan attached to it. The movement of that much air creates strain on the air handler, which can cause subsequent problems.
If you suspect a problem with your air conditioner, even if you aren’t experiencing a loss of cooling, the best thing you can do is call in a trained professional. It’s always better safe than sorry!