Summer Prep: Common A/C Problems

As the temperatures begin to climb here in Sacramento, so many of us are already cranking our A/C systems. Of course, like any machine, there are many problems that can occur with an A/C System, especially if it isn’t cared for properly. Today on the blog, in honor of the summer season right around the corner, our Sacramento HVAC company shares summer prep: common A/C Problems. 

Common A/C Problems Sacramento Homeowners May Face This Summer

When summer arrives, you expect your central air conditioning unit to work flawlessly. However, even the best air conditioners will develop problems over time. Is your air conditioner not cooling properly? Don’t worry. Our Air Conditioning maintenance Sacramento experts at Gilmore, Heating, Air, and Plumbing are here to troubleshoot your air conditioner and get it up and running again. Use this A/C Troubleshooting List to help you find and solve some basic air conditioner issues.

The A/C Isn’t Blowing Cold Air

If your air conditioner turns on but does not blow cool air, make sure all of the vents are open. Then, ensure that the thermostat is correctly mounted. If none of these is the problem, our Sacramento AC Repair technicians recommend that you inspect the air filter. There will be no air passage if it becomes clogged with mud or other particles. Since the clog can allow the evaporator coils to freeze, the ice and frost will clog the airflow even further. If this is the case, clean the filter with gentle soap and water. Additionally, to stop this issue in the future, clean and replace your filter on a regular basis. You could have a problem with the fan or fan motor. If the fan spins quickly, you can have a problem with electrical power to the motor or a leak in the refrigerant line. In these circumstances, you’ll almost certainly need a trained Sacramento HVAC technician to come to check the device.

Air Conditioner Isn’t Cooling Enough

First, our Air Conditioning maintenance Folsom techs recommend
checking if all of your vents are open. If any one of them is closed, it will make it more difficult to cool the whole home because the heated air from the space with the closed vent would combine with the cooled air from the others. Otherwise, you could have another problem, such as a leak in your refrigerant line. However, if your machine is outdated or was built incorrectly, it can be worn out or the wrong size for your house. As follows, systems that are too big for your home will spin on and off too fast, reducing their effectiveness. A machine that is too small for your home would work harder to cool it, leading to premature failure.

The Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water Inside the Home

If your air conditioner leaks water inside your house, switching it off to prevent expensive water damage. Your condensate drain line can be clogged, allowing water to back up into your house. To unclog the line, DIYers should use a wet/dry vacuum. If it doesn’t function, your drain pan may have rusted or your condensate pump may have failed. Your mechanic will be able to restore or patch the broken components.

The Air Conditioner is Leaking Water Outside.

On hot or humid days, you can see a small puddle of water under your condenser device. This is common in hot, humid weather, as long as it forms only when the device is operating. In cold weather—usually 60 degrees or less—an air conditioner will freeze, allowing the device to leak water as it melts, which is natural. If it’s leaked in other ways, consider repairing or removing the air filters. If that does not solve the problem, schedule a service call. You can need more refrigerant, have a blockage in your drain pipe, or have a broken condensate pan.

When Turned off, the Air Conditioner Leaks Water.

If your machine is low on refrigerant or has a dirty filter, it can freeze up when operating. When you turn it off, the ice melts, causing it to spill water. If cleaning your filter doesn’t solve this issue, please don’t turn on your air conditioner again until you’ve found and solved the problem. You can have a blockage or a cracked condensate pan, as with outside leaks.

AC Won’t Stop Running

If your air conditioner runs longer than it should, you will have a clogged filter. Replace or clean the filter to see how it improves the condition. If your machine is old or undersized, it can work too hard, loop too much, and have trouble shutting down.

Of course, the best way to prevent the above is on a yearly basis for a maintenance checkup. Daily maintenance will help the machine operate longer, perform more smoothly, and save you money on your energy costs in the long term. Do you think it’s time to upgrade your air conditioner? You can’t go wrong with the air conditioning specialists at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing. Contact our team today and experience Red Carpet Care.

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