We’re kind of always in air conditioning season, with a couple weeks exception out of the year. However, things definitely start to heat up the closer we get to summer. As you start to rely on your air conditioner for more hours a day to stay cool, the likelihood of a problem developing increases significantly. The faster you can identify if your air conditioner is experiencing a problem, the faster you can have it repaired and the better off it will be. Be vigilant for the following common issues that can affect your system, and the symptoms they can present.
A lot of people don’t actually know how air conditioners cool a home. As the system cycles air through the ducts, it evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from it. The collected thermal energy, now stored in the gaseous refrigerant, is pumped to the condenser coil outside. There, the refrigerant is condensed back into a liquid to release the collected heat out of the home. Then, the re-liquefied refrigerant is pumped back inside to begin the process over again.
The air conditioner never consumes refrigerant; the initial charge of fluid that it receives when it’s first installed is supposed to last for its entire lifespan. As you can imagine, that makes refrigerant leaks a significant problem. A refrigerant leak will drain the system over time, causing its output to drop along with the fluid level. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cooling the air as well as it should be, a refrigerant leak might be the problem. You should also watch for any signs of fluid leaking from the system, and call for repairs if you see it.
Short cycling is when your air conditioner turns itself on and off every few minutes, without completing a full cooling cycle. This is one of the most damaging problems that your system can deal with, for reasons we’ll get to in a minute. It can be caused by a couple of different things. There might be an electrical short between the thermostat and the air conditioner, causing signals to be periodically interrupted. Short cycling can also be caused by a malfunctioning compressor, which can throw off the operating rhythm of the system.
The reason short cycling is so damaging is because it dramatically increases the amount of wear and tear that the air conditioner suffers. Parts that otherwise would take years to wear out and break down can reach that point in a few months of short cycling. Short cycling also prevents the air conditioner from properly cooling the home, because it’s not operating long enough to remove a lot of heat. If you notice your system short cycling, shut it down and call for repairs as soon as you can.
Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers a full range of air conditioning repair services in Jensen Beach, FL. If you need air conditioning services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.