4 Possible Problems You Are Having With Your Air Conditioner

Once summer arrives, your air conditioner is going to be used constantly for several months. To reduce the risk of any major mishaps during this period of time, it is important that you familiarize yourself with some of the most common issues that often develop. If you encounter any of these issues, you will need to contact a professional HVAC service for assistance in dealing with them.

Low Refrigerant Levels

If your air conditioner is not cooling properly, it may be due to low refrigerant levels as a result of a leak or improper installation. In either case, this is not a repair that you can handle on your own. If your unit is low on refrigerant, you must contact an HVAC technician. If there is a leak, a technician will locate the leak, repair it, and recharge the system. If the unit was undercharged when it was installed, the technician will recharge it as indicated the manufacturer specifications.

Nonstop Operation

Air conditioners should stop running once it reaches the temperature that the thermostat has been set to. If your air conditioning unit is running constantly, then your first step should be to ensure that all of your home's doors and windows are closed. If you still have a problem, there may be an issue with the sensor in the thermostat.

Strange Noises

Any sounds that your air conditioner is making that does not seem ordinary such as clanging, rattling, or screeching is generally an indication that there is a loose or broken part inside the unit. One way to avoid something like this from happening is to have a professional HVACC technician perform basic and routine maintenance on it and to perform some DIY maintenance like regular filter replacements, cleaning, etc.

Frozen Coils

If the coils in your air conditioner are frozen, it is likely a result of airflow obstructions. This can be prevented by ensuring that you are regularly replacing your air filter and keeping the ducting clean. You can maintain the ductwork by regularly vacuuming the registers when you see that dust has accumulated on them. At some point, though, it may be a good idea to have a professional examine the ducting and perform a professional cleaning. 

If you believe your air conditioner is in need of maintenance or repairs, contact an AC system repair service near you as soon as possible to make an appointment.