HVAC systems are typically built to last a very long time, however, when used for extended periods of time throughout the year, this complex mechanical system is apt to run into problems and need maintenance and repairs. With that said, here are some of the most common air conditioning problems homeowners experience:
Clogged Air Filters
This is one of the most common air conditioning problems that faces anyone with a central A/C unit. When air filters are allowed to accumulate dust, dirt, dander and other particles, they become clogged and force your AC system to work harder and longer, resulting in increased consumption of energy. In addition, clogged air filters can have a direct effect on the health and safety of your family members.
If you find that your AC system consistently needs more refrigerant, then it’s obvious you have a refrigerant leak. The skilled technicians here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling are on hand to perform a system inspection to identify the source of the problem and provide an effective solution. Often times, while addressing this issue, a technician will suggest a tune-up as well and will recommend an annual preventative maintenance be performed to minimize costly repairs over time.
When there is insufficient airflow passing through the supply registers in your home, or if the airflow is warm, chances are you are dealing with a frozen coil. Disrupted airflow can be caused by clogged filters or faulty ductwork.
When your system experiences a failure or a short due to bad wiring, it is unable to produce the required power to run at peak performance levels. In addition, bad wiring can cause a tripped circuit breaker which can be a high-risk fire hazard in your home.
When dirt and debris are allowed to build up in your AC drain line a clog will occur. When this happens, water builds up in the drain pan and eventually, over time, can result in some type of water damage to your home.
Dirty or Leaky Ductwork
When leaks are present in your system’s ductwork, rest assured you will see an increase in your energy usage and utility bills. Your AC system cannot perform at energy efficient levels if there are leaks of any sort or size in your system ductwork. Heat is allowed in through leaks in the ductwork, which ultimately forces your AC system to work harder and run longer in order to provide cool and comfortable temperatures in your home. In addition, when leaky ductwork exists the indoor air quality in your home will suffer as well.
Malfunctioning Outdoor Fan
The primary function of the outdoor fan is to remove the heat from inside your home and dump it outside. If the outdoor fan is not working properly it can lead to overheating and ultimately cause excessive damage to your compressor.
The majority of these air conditioning issues can be easily avoided and prevented when you perform annual routine maintenance to your AC system. Get in the habit of scheduling an annual tune-up and inspection, typically in the springtime, to ensure that your AC system is up for the challenging summer months ahead. To schedule your preventative routine maintenance, reach out to the professionals here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling. Our team of highly skilled and experienced technicians stands ready to meet your every need.
With summer time now upon us, take steps necessary to ensure the peak performance levels of your AC system and the overall comfort of your home and family. Contact our friendly technicians for all your HVAC needs. We look forward to serving you and to helping you avoid all these common air conditioning problems that can certainly put a damper on your home, your family and your summer!