As the summertime heat kicks up, your home air conditioning system starts to work even harder. Working at such a high capacity, it’s not uncommon for various components of your air conditioning system to malfunction from time to time. By taking the time to understand what some of the most usual air conditioning issues are, you can be prepared in how to deal with them effectively.
1. Faulty Thermostat
Your thermostat is the main controller of your entire air conditioning system. If your thermostat doesn’t turn on, the remaining components of your air conditioning system won’t work either. It’s best to pull the cover off your thermostat and replace the batteries inside of it. Once you reinstall the cover and turn the thermostat on, the display screen should work.
If it’s still not working, you want to head down to your electrical panel to see if the breaker was tripped. If it was, go ahead and turn the circuit breaker back to the on position. If your thermostat still does not turn on, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace it. Most homeowners can easily replace their home thermostat with a screwdriver. However, if you’re not comfortable doing so, you can hire an air conditioning professional from Controlled Climate Services in Kennesaw to replace the thermostat for you.
2. Refrigerant Leak
If your air conditioning system is not blowing extremely cold air, it could be a result of a refrigerant leak. The refrigerant inside your air conditioning system is an essential component for drawing the heat out of the air inside of your home and redistributing that heat to the outdoor environment. When you have a refrigerant leak, you have less refrigerant to transfer that heat to cool your home.
Most people are surprised to find out that not all refrigerant leaks show a puddle on the ground. Only large refrigerant leaks will be noticeable to the human eye. Many times, the refrigerant lines and coils inside of your air conditioning system can develop small pinholes. Just running the refrigerant throughout your system on a regular basis can cause it to leak out. Eventually, your refrigerant level is going to be too low to adequately cool your home to your desired temperature. You’ll need to contact an air conditioning professional to recharge the refrigerant level in your air conditioning system.
3. Dirty Air Filter
Most homeowners have dealt with replacing their air filters from time to time. Many experts recommend replacing your filter every three months to allow your system to work optimally. Unfortunately, the long running times in the summer and increased activity in your home can cause excess dust and debris to kick up in your indoor air. Your air filter is there to collect all that excess debris.
This can cause it to become clogged more often. For this reason, it’s highly recommended during the summer months to check your air filter every couple of weeks. When you remove the air filter and hold it up to a light source, you should be able to see through it. If you’re no longer able to see through it, it’s time for a replacement.
4. Clogged Drain
Your air conditioning system also works to dehumidify the air in your home. As the warm air passes over your evaporator coil and the heat is transferred out of it, so is the moisture. The moisture falls down through the drainpipe and into the drain. Depending on how dirty your indoor air is, excess dirt and debris will follow the water down your drainpipe and the drain.
Over time, this can lead to a buildup of sludge in the drain and the drainpipe. In addition, all of the gallons of water that are constantly flushed down the drainpipe can create hard water scaling that can clog the system. If your drain is clogged, you can likely unclog it yourself with a couple of simple tools. Be sure they run a solution of bleach and water down the drainpipe and the drain to help completely flush out your entire system to prevent future clogs from happening.
5. Dirty Coils
Both the evaporator coils and the condenser coils inside of your air conditioning system are constantly exposed to air throughout your home. That air is carrying dust, dander, and other airborne debris that can get stuck on the coils. When too much debris gets stuck on the coils, it prevents them from properly doing their job. Using a specialized cleaning solution is a necessity to keep these coils clean so that they work at their maximum capacity. You simply spray the foam solution onto the coil, and it will absorb the dirt, then dripping into the drain pan below.
Reliable, Top-Quality AC Repair
When your air conditioner experiences a malfunction in Kennesaw, you can rely on Controlled Climate Services to fix the issue quickly. We also offer heating services, indoor air quality audits and trusted solutions, and ventilation services. Just pick up the phone and give us a call today!