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Common Problems with Air Conditioners

Posted On: March 29, 2017
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Imagine that it gets just hot enough outside that it causes the air in your home to get warm. You head over to the thermostat to turn on the air conditioner and…nothing. It’s a scenario that we hear about all too often. On the plus side, most of the time, common problems with an air conditioner are something that can be easily solved. Here are several that we’ve seen over the years.

Dirty Filters or Coils

A dirty filter causes an air conditioner to work harder and it won’t be able to do an effective job. If either the filter or coils stay dirty, your compressor or fans could give out a lot earlier than they should, causing you to spend more money. Replacing filters and keeping an eye out for dirt will help this issue not repeat itself.

Electrical Failure

This can be as simple as a tripped breaker or as complex as corroded wires. If it doesn’t function at all, your first stop is at your home’s breaker panel. If your fan or compressor is wearing out, you might see your system running more frequently and cooling less.

Drainage Issues

Every air conditioner has to drain in some way. If your unit has an outlet pipe or drain that gets clogged, it has nowhere to cycle the water that drains.

Coolant Leak

If there isn’t enough coolant in your system, it either means your system was undercharged or there’s a leak. This is where you will need a professional to come and take care of the issue. When your system is diagnosed and fixed, make sure it gets charged to the specifications that the manufacturer suggests.

Thermostat Malfunction

Sometimes, the thermostat can be the culprit. If yours no longer keeps an accurate temperature, it might be the ideal time to replace it. A programmable or smart thermostat can help keep your home cool and energy efficient.

Any of these problems are something that a Genz-Ryan technician can take care of for you. They’re trained to ensure your system runs the way it should. If you’re uncertain if your system is at it’s best, get peace of mind by having an AC tune-up. We’ll run it through the paces to make sure that it’s running at peak efficiency. Reach out and make an appointment today.

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