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Low Air Conditioning Output, And What it Means

air-conditionerHaving your air conditioner output drop in the middle of a hot summer day is not the kind of thing you want to have happen. What good is an air conditioner if it can’t air condition properly, after all? Unfortunately, it’s a pretty common problem for air conditioners to lose output capacity during the summer as a result of a number of issues. If your air conditioner is not cooling as well as it could be, it might be the result of one of the problems below.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter often becomes clogged during the summer, since a lot of homeowners aren’t even aware that their air conditioners have air filters in them. If you don’t change your air filter out every couple of months, it can clog and prevent the majority of the air flowing into the system. Less airflow lowers the system’s output, but it also increases the odds of the air conditioner’s coil freezing over. If this happens, it can cause the entire system to fail. Make sure that you change out your air filter if your system isn’t blowing enough air, just to be sure.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner recycles refrigerant through itself throughout its lifespan. It’s an integral part of the system’s operation, and as such a refrigerant leak can pose a major threat to the air conditioner. The system will become less and less able to cool the home as the level of refrigerant drops. The refrigerant level will reach a point where the air conditioner breaks down entirely, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you call for repairs if you notice fluid dripping from the system.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your air conditioner turns itself off before it can complete a full cooling cycle, resulting in the system only being on for a couple of minutes each time. This obviously cuts into the system’s output capacity, but it also increases the rate at which the air conditioner wears out. The longer the air conditioner short cycles, the more prone to breaking down it will be. If your air conditioner is doing this, you should call a technician to take a look at it immediately.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is the part of the air conditioner responsible for circulating air throughout the home during operation. If the air handler malfunctions, the air conditioner won’t be able to blow much air at all. If your air conditioner is on, but there doesn’t seem to be any air coming out of the vents, it might be an indication that your air handler is having some sort of problem. You should definitely call for repairs if you notice your air conditioner making a grinding sound during operation, as it often indicates an air handler problem.

Speedy Air Conditioning Service provides air conditioning repair services in Vero Beach, FL. If you are in need of air conditioning repair services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.  

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