Summer is not quite here yet, but you wouldn’t know that from the weather. It’s already pretty warm outside, and it’s pretty likely that you’re relying on your air conditioner to keep you cool on a daily basis already. That means that you’re already putting your air conditioner under more stress than normal, which means that you may start to notice problems cropping up over the next couple of months. Read on to find out about some of the symptoms you should watch for when it comes to air conditioning problems.
There are two fluids that your air conditioner deals with: refrigerant and condensate. The air conditioner evaporates refrigerant in order to siphon thermal energy from the air in the home, which is how it cools it. As a result of the air in the ducts being cooled past the dew point, condensation forms on the evaporator coil and is drained out of the system. A leak can develop in either the refrigerant line or the condensate line. A condensate leak carries the threat of rust in parts of the system exposed to it. A refrigerant leak will cause the system to eventually break down if it isn’t patched. Call for repairs if you see liquid dripping from your air conditioner.
Short cycling is when your air conditioner turns itself on and off every few minutes. This puts the system under way more strain than it was designed to handle, causing parts to break down and eventually resulting in the death of the system. It may be caused by a number of things, including electrical issues and/or a damaged compressor. Regardless, it must be addressed as soon as possible in order to preserve the system.