As air conditioning technicians who specialize in protecting AC systems, we feel a duty to help you understand more about the types of problems air conditioners face. You don’t have to know how to fix it; in fact, that could end up making a problem a lot worse without the proper experience. We simply thing you should know about the complex situations that come up from day-to-day, in order to see the importance of fixing AC problems ASAP.
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Water drains out of your air conditioner because condensate collects naturally on the coil inside of your system. This is a simple byproduct of the refrigeration process, one the air conditioner is designed for. It should drain out of the condensate pipe that leads away from the home—unless something is wrong.
Drains begin to leak when something clogs them up, so be sure to clean out the drains at least once a year (or call a technician to do it for you). Otherwise, there’s a danger of water damage or mold and mildew developing.
A leak in the refrigerant line is a different kind of danger. This type of leak usually occurs outside, but it can damage the compressor, and, as a result, the entire air conditioner. Many people assume that low refrigerant is a simple fix, as you could just add more to it. But the truth is a bit more complicated.
Refrigerant is not supposed to vacate your air conditioner. If it does, it usually means you have a leak, and neglecting to repair it could only worsen the issue.
Electrical failure can break your entire system down, making you think the worst. Luckily, the repair tends to be fairly simple and low-cost, as long as you only need to replace a capacitor. However, when a motor or compressor breaks, it can be a major repair. Compressor failure often results in replacement of the condenser unit.
Outside Fan Not Working
This is a major concern, as a broken fan can cause the outside unit to overheat. Hopefully, you’ll notice the problem as you likely won’t be feeling any cool air coming into the home. Some air conditioners also have safety switches that won’t allow the system to run without fan power. Still, it’s certainly something to keep listening for.
A Bit of Dirt
A little bit of dirt can make your home a lot less comfortable. When dirt coats the outside coil, it can stop heat from transferring out of the home as it is supposed to. When dirt covers your air filter, it blocks air from flowing throughout your system.
Often, technicians are called in for AC repair when it turns out that something just needs cleaning. That’s why it’s so important to change your air filter once a month and schedule routine maintenance every year.