Signs That You Need Your Air Conditioner Professionally Serviced

Have you finally turned on your air conditioner to beat the hot summer heat, but discovered that it is not working as well as it could? If so, it may be time to bring in a professional to have the system serviced. Here are some common problems that you can run into that indicate something is wrong with your air conditioner.

Warm Air

The first thing that you may notice is that the air coming out of your vents is not as cold as it should be. This can lead to the air conditioner running longer than normal to cool down your home, using more energy, and putting more wear and tear on the air conditioner itself. This problem can be due to having low refrigerant in the system, and evaporator coil that needs cleaning, or problems with the blower motor. All of these issues may be out of your skill level to fix on your own.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is a problem where your air conditioner doesn't stay on for a very long time. Instead, the unit will turn off and right back on. It can cause problems with making your home feel comfortable. Short cycling can happen due to having a clogged air filter that needs to be replaced, but it can also be caused by the unit overheating. If the air conditioner is getting too hot, it is going to shut down as a safety measure, which causes your home to never get to the proper temperature.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

Your air conditioner uses an evaporator to remove heat inside your home and transfer it outside. These coils can become frozen in certain conditions. You may think that frozen coils are a good thing for an air conditioner, but it's actually bad. If the coils can't remove the heat, the air is not going to get cold. Frozen coils can happen due to a lack of refrigerant or just being dirty. 

Refrigerant Leaks

Many of the previous problems are caused by a lack of refrigerant, which means that there could be a leak somewhere in the system. Putting more refrigerant back into the system won't do anything if it continues to leak out. Your HVAC technician will have to identify where the leak in the line is located and fix it prior to putting more refrigerant back in. This is often done by using ultraviolet dyes or a leak detector that help identify the refrigerant leak.

Contact an air conditioning service company near you in order to learn more.