The Most Common Summer AC Repairs

Life can be very miserable without air conditioning, especially in the summer. With temperatures rising around the world, a busted air conditioner in the dead of summer is the last thing anyone wants to worry about. In addition to being uncomfortable, respiring an air conditioner can be time consuming and costly. Fortunately, practicing a little preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid any major issues. To assist with that, here is a list outlining the most common summer AC repairs.

Clogged or Dirty Filter

A filter is the most common reason an air conditioner might malfunction. This is because they can easily become clogged or dirty by the very nature of their design. The best way to stay on top of filter maintenance is checking with the manufacturer and changing it as often as they recommend. Some filters don’t have to be changed for over three months, others must be changed one per month, and some are reusable and need to be cleaned whenever they are dirty. If you aren’t sure whether or not your filter is dirty, hold a flashlight against it and see if any light shines through. If you can’t see anything it’s definitely time for a change.

Drainage Issues

Much like the filter, the drain is susceptible to dirt, dust, and other particles. When clogged, the drain pan floods and water leaks out, which might cause significant damage to surrounding objects and the unit itself. Make sure to check your drain line regularly to ensure that nothing harmful is accumulating.

The Compressor

The compressor is the driver of your entire system. It quite literally pumps refrigerant through the evaporator coils to induce heat exchange. A broken compressor means the AC system is no longer capable of doing its job. One of the main causes of a dysfunctional compressor is a lack of refrigerant, which causes it to run hot to the point of seizing. Conversely, introducing too much refrigerant into the system can cause it to loop back around to the compressor and ultimately result in system failure.

Coolant Leaks

Leaking refrigerant will cause an AC system to malfunction. Unfortunately, leaks can occur in several different spots, some of which are particularly hard to detect. If you suspect your air conditioner is leaking coolant, schedule a tech request or an estimate with a trained AC technician from Service First Heating and Cooling.