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Common Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for

air-conditioner-maintenanceYou might be done with your air conditioner for now, but the weather is going to start warming up again before you know it. As the days start to warm up, you’re going to be putting more strain on your system as you use it on a regular basis. That increases the odds of problems developing with the air conditioner.

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs that a problem is afflicting your system, so that you can have it repaired as soon as possible. Faster air conditioner repairs means less damage done to the system. Have a look at some common air conditioning problems to watch for this upcoming cooling season.

Refrigerant Leaks

The reason your air conditioner can cool your home is because it evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the air in the ducts. The refrigerant gas is then condensed back into liquid in the unit outside, which vents the absorbed thermal energy outside. The air conditioner relies on the same refrigerant supply throughout its entire lifespan. If a leak develops in the system’s refrigerant line, it will slowly rob the air conditioner of its cooling output. If the refrigerant line is not repaired, and the lost refrigerant replaced, the system will eventually break down from lack of refrigerant. Call for repairs if you see refrigerant, or any kind of fluid, dripping from your air conditioner.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter sits in the return duct for the air conditioner, and protects the system from dust and other common contaminants that are found in the average home’s ductwork. While the filter does this job well, it needs to be replaced every few months in order to remain clear enough to let air enter the system. If the air filter is not replaced often enough, it will become clogged and block the air flow from reaching the air conditioner. This will lower the system’s output considerably. Make sure that you replace your filter every three months while using your air conditioner, or have a professional do it for you.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is a behavior in which the air conditioner turns itself on and off rapidly, rather than completing a full cooling cycle the way it should. This is a really serious issue, both because it prevents the air conditioner from cooling properly and because it increases the rate at which the system wears down. The longer the system short cycles, the more likely it will be to develop issues and break down. If you don’t have the problem fixed, the system will need to be replaced much earlier than expected. So, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your air conditioner short cycling.

PRK Services, Inc. provides comprehensive air conditioner repair services throughout Corinth, TX. If you have reason to believe that your air conditioner is in need of repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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