5 Most Common Summer A/C Problems
As we near the summer, it’s time for a thorough inspection of your air conditioning system. HVACs account for 10% of the global electricity consumption. They use a lot of electricity and are costly to run. Issues with your air conditioner will lead to inefficiency and even higher utility bills.
Here are some common A/C issues you should identify and resolve before they get bigger.
Leaking or low refrigerant
Your ac unit requires refrigerant to help it produce cool air. Leaks can reduce the levels of refrigerant in the unit resulting in inefficient operation. Having a small leak will require repairs or refilling before it gets bigger. But if the leak has gotten more significant over time, you might want to look into replacing your unit.
A capacitor helps the motor startup and run a smooth cycle. When a capacitor breaks down, the system will struggle to start and shut down to avoid more damage. Old capacitors used PCB oil as a coolant; this coolant produced toxic gases harmful to human health and the environment. Castor oil has since been used, but it reduces the capacitor's longevity. If your air conditioning unit is not blowing cold air or making humming noises, you might be dealing with a broken capacitor.
Filters are designed to collect dust and dirt to provide you with clean air. They minimize allergies and dust particles seeping out of the system. Filters get dirty pretty often, especially if your air conditioner runs frequently. If you want your system to run smoothly, you should replace it every three months or clean your filter often.
Air conditioner drains are used to collect condensation created by the system as it produces cold air. These drains can sometimes get clogged due to buildup. If left untreated, they can grow mould leading to an unpleasant smell and damage your air conditioner and walls. If your air conditioner is leaking or producing a musty smell, it probably has a clogged drain.
Fan or motor malfunction
An air conditioning unit has two fans: one that blows air indoors, and the other blows air outside. If either of these fans malfunction, your entire unit will be rendered useless. Motor issues such as a buildup of dirt, worn-out parts can also cause fan issues. If you're dealing with a broken-down air conditioning system, contact a professional to handle it.
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