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The Causes of Low Air Conditioner Output

air-conditioner-techAs we get closer to the summer season, you’re going to be relying on your air conditioner more and more often to stay comfortable. That added demand on the system means that it’s going to be more likely to develop issues, which is just about that last thing you want to happen when the days are getting warmer. One of the most common symptoms of air conditioner issues is low cooling output. There are many causes of this, most of which are going to require professional services to fix. Still, it’s a good idea to know ahead of time what kinds of issues you might run into this summer that cause this particular problem.

Clogged Air Filter

One of the most common causes of low air conditioner output also happens to be one of the only ones that homeowners can fix themselves with relative ease. Air conditioners include filters to help protect them from the dust and other junk commonly found in the ductwork of a home. While the filter does a good job of protecting the air conditioner, it needs to be changed once every three months or so to prevent from becoming clogged.

A clogged air filter will prevent air from flowing into the system, causing a drop in output capacity. It will also eventually cause all kinds of other issues, so this is something you are going to want to deal with quickly if you suspect that it’s a problem. You should change your air filter every three months to prevent this from becoming an issue. Or have a professional do it for you.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the fluid the system uses to move heat out of your home and vent it into the air outside. The air conditioner recycles the same supply of refrigerant through its system from the time it is installed onwards. This makes refrigerant leaks a serious problem, because they prevent the system from cooling as well as it should. The lower the refrigerant level in the air conditioner drops, the less able the system will be to properly cool the home. Eventually, the refrigerant level can drop so low that the system can break down entirely. Call for repairs if you ever see fluid dripping from your air conditioner, as it could indicate a refrigerant leak.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is the part of the air conditioner that actually blows air around the house during operation. That means that if the air handler malfunctions or fails, the system will have no way to actually cool the home. Air handlers can fail through electrical mishaps, or from the motor burning out due to failure of the bearings. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing any air at all, even if the system is on, it might be because of a problem with the air handler.

Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers air conditioning repair services of all kinds in Vero Beach, FL. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our air conditioning experts.  

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