Common causes of AC Problem
DIRTY CONDENSER COILS – Your unit’s condenser coils which is part of the outdoor unit, gets rid of the heat removed from the air by expelling it outside the building. The condenser coil won’t work well when it gets covered with a layer of dirt and grime. This is a very common problem due to pollution in the air. When it happens, heat transfer is impeded, and your unit has to work harder to do its job, leading to system failure.
FAN PROBLEMS – There is a fan that blows indoor air over your unit’s evaporator coil to cool the air, and another that blows air over the outdoor unit’s condenser to expel the absorbed heat outside the building. If either of those fans isn’t working properly– due to a faulty motor, lack of lubrication, worn belts or too much dirt you might end up with poor airflow and air conditioner problems. If you neglect the problem, it can lead to compressor failure, which is very hard to repair
LEAKING DUCTS – The ductwork that runs through your walls and ceilings carries the cooled air from the air conditioner throughout your space. However, if there are holes or breaks in the ducts that expensive cooled air winds up inside your walls where it’s not doing anybody any good. And this will lead to scenario causes your air conditioner to work harder and drive up your energy bills.
CLOGGED DRAINS – All the moisture that your air conditioner removes from the air has to go somewhere. It’s supposed to be removed from the space through a drain line, into a pan and finally down a drain. If the line or drain gets clogged or the pan gets full, the water can back up and damage your system.
Easy steps to prevent air conditioner problems
- Replace dirty air filters
- Inspect ducts and repair any holes
- Install a programmable thermostat and learn how to use it
- Clear brush and debris from around the outdoor units
- Don’t neglect regular maintenance.