Don’t Neglect Summer AC Repairs
August 2nd, 2015 by admin
As the temperature goes up, so do the chances that your air conditioner will need maintenance. This summer, be aware of the most common AC issues professionals are called on to fix — the sooner you know when something is wrong, the sooner a technician can have your home back to normal. Ignoring issues with your air conditioner will only lead to more discomfort later down the road. These repairs are relatively simple, but need to be done as soon as a problem arises.
Air conditioning systems contain all the coolant they should need for a lifetime. However, damage, lack of maintenance, and faulty parts can all cause a system to lose refrigerant. This issue occurs year-round, but it becomes especially important to address during the summer months when air conditioning is necessary for your comfort.
If your vents are blowing warm air or you notice a buildup of frost around your unit, your AC is probably leaking refrigerant. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention so that your AC can keep functioning properly. Your unit needs to be recharged, or reset to the correct amount of coolant. A professional can:
- Locate the leak(s) with specialized equipment
- Permanently seal the leaks or replace the faulty part
- Recharge the refrigerant to the correct level
The capacitor is a device that gives the air conditioning system extra power at the beginning of each cooling cycle. This power is vital to the system, as it pushes the air conditioner’s fan to function at full blast. Once the fan is running, the capacitor is able to cool down. During the summer months, however, the heat puts added stress on the capacitor and often causes it to fail.
You may notice smoke, leaks, or random times when your AC fails to start as the capacitor is declining. Unfortunately, these symptoms could be indicative of many AC issues, so capacitor failure can be difficult for a homeowner to recognize. A professional can diagnose issues with your capacitor, repair the part, or replace the device so that your air conditioner has enough power to cool your home.
Replacing Air Filters
This is a common repair you can do yourself. Clogged air filters are responsible for numerous AC issues — if your unit isn’t receiving adequate airflow, it won’t be able to perform at its highest capacity, especially in the heat of the summer. Luckily, replacing your air filter is a quick fix. It’s also a task that should be performed at least once a month to ensure healthy air quality in your home, conserve energy, and save you money.
Before you purchase a new filter for your system, find out which type of air filter you need. This information should be in your air conditioner’s manual. Be sure to turn the AC unit off before replacing the filter. If you have questions, are unsure of what filter your AC requires, or need someone to replace your filter, call a professional to help with the process.
Condensate Drain Cleaning
The condensate drain is responsible for draining excess moisture from your air conditioning unit. However, when the weather warms up, the drain is more likely to become clogged by debris. This can result in an overflowing drain pan that you’ll only notice when your AC begins to leak.
Condensate drains should be cleaned by professionals who have the right tools to clear blockages without damaging the drain or other parts of the unit. If you notice water leaking from your AC, call a technician to examine your condensate drain.
AC motors require proper lubrication and a clear space in which to run. In the summer, your unit’s motor is under more stress, and therefore, may lose lubrication or become dirty more quickly. In these cases, the motor will slowly fail, causing the air conditioner’s fan to stop turning until your home is no longer receiving cool air.
If you air conditioner stops for any reason, you should call a professional. They will be able to examine your unit’s motor to determine if inadequate lubrication or an excess of debris caused it to fail. The motor may need to be replaced, but often, the AC motor just requires maintenance.
As your air conditioner kicks into overdrive this summer, be on the lookout for any common AC malfunctions that require assistance. If your air conditioner malfunctions, always rely on a professional to determine the cause of the problem accurately and to get the service you need. Call JK Mechanical at 800-JKM-0028 to speak to a professional about scheduling a repair.