Few things are as frustrating as an air conditioner that keeps going belly-up.
Like a car that won’t start or a computer that won’t boot up, it’s the kind of thing that can leave you feeling helpless and angry. In hot climates like Spring Hill, AC repair usually can’t wait. Before you let the humidity and the heat put you or your loved ones at risk, reach out to the contractors or companies that service your system and solve the problem.
If your air conditioner breaks down repeatedly, there are a number of things that could be at fault. The most dangerous or irresponsible thing you can do is nothing. If you continue to run the system even if it’s performing oddly or periodically shutting down, you could be doing irreparable damage and setting yourself up for major financial woes.
So what can make an air conditioner break down frequently? Assuming you aren’t dealing with multiple separate issues – a real possibility – there are still a number of things to look at.
It could be the installer’s fault. Most contractors don’t want to tell you this, but it’s true. Anywhere you go, including here in Spring Hill, AC repair calls are often about a good contractor correcting a bad contractor’s mistake. An air conditioning system is very complex.
You’re dealing with two separate system components, dozens of connections, complex ductwork, and a hundred calibrations to make it work properly in your home. If the installer didn’t get all of those things just exactly right, you could see problems down the line. This is one compelling reason to do your research before choosing HVAC companies to work on your home air conditioning.
The problems could be caused by lack of simple maintenance. It’s shocking how often “out of sight, out of mind” comes back to bite homeowners. Preventive maintenance contracts aren’t a hustle; they are a necessity. Your air conditioning system needs an annual tune-up by a professional.
In between those visits, you should be cleaning your air filters on a monthly basis. Those visits will find problems that are harder to spot, like bad capacitors, wiring issues, or wear and tear on motors, compressors, and coils.
And speaking of preventive maintenance:
A clogged air filter or intake vent can shut the whole thing down. Most likely, you don’t really know what happens if you don’t clean your air filters and intake vents. The cold air being produced by the system can’t escape the vents to recirculate, and it begins to concentrate inside the system.
When that happens, the temperature inside the unit plummets. Meanwhile, your home isn’t getting cooled off properly. The dropping temperatures inside the unit freeze the coils, which insulates them and prevents the refrigerant from cooling the air at all. More often than not, at this point, the unit just shuts off to save the compressor from damage.
The system has to be turned off and thoroughly thawed, and all the filters and vents cleaned, before it will work properly again.
Size issues. In HVAC, when we talk about “sizing,” we mean the BTUs of the system. That’s a measurement of its cooling power. If your system wasn’t properly sized to your home, you could see shutdowns because it’s working too little or too much.
If the system is too large for your home, it will be short cycling too often – the stopping and starting of the motors and compressor is not good. On the other hand, if the system is too small, it will run almost constantly, which isn’t really any better. When you buy an air conditioner, demand a good home audit and proper sizing.
Overheating. Have you ever noticed that your air conditioner trips the circuit breaker? Most of the time, homeowners just flip it back on. This could be a mistake – air conditioners usually trip the breaker for a reason. Instead of flipping it back on and going about your day, you should call your AC repair guy and ask him to come out and take a look.
It might feel like an inconvenience, but the old adage about an ounce of prevention is true – it’s worth a pound of cure. In this case, that directly saves you money.
Thermostat issues. Sometimes your air conditioner isn’t the thing that’s broken. Sometimes – and usually this is a good thing, given the alternative – the thermostat is busted, and it isn’t communicating with your system properly, so it shuts off at unwanted times.
If you suspect this is the case, try turning the system on and controlling it manually, bypassing the thermostat entirely. Replacing your thermostat costs a lot less than replacing your whole system.
It’s too old! This is a really common one. Because central air conditioning is expensive, you want to get the most out of your system. You want it to run for as long as possible, and you want to put off the day when you have to replace it. But that day will eventually come, and if your repair bills are starting to crop up as commonly as your phone bill, you have a problem.
An air conditioner should run 12-15 years if it’s well taken care of – sometimes a bit less or a bit more. You don’t want to be caught off guard when the time comes to replace it. In a perfect world, you’ll replace it in the wintertime to take advantage of seasonal discounts.
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