Summer is fast approaching, and people are scrambling to get their air conditioning systems ready for the hot season. If you haven’t already gotten your annual air conditioner checkup yet, it would probably be a good idea to schedule it in the next month or so. Even with proper maintenance, though, there’s always a chance of some random issue cropping up and causing problems for your system. When that happens, it pays to be able to recognize and address those problems as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at 3 common air conditioning issues that you need to watch out for.
The evaporator coil is the part that is actually responsible for cooling the air in your home. It works by evaporating refrigerant inside itself, which draws heat out of the air that is being circulated over it. Condensate forms on the coil, which then flows through a drain and out of the system. If the coil isn’t cleaned often enough, however, it will malfunction and lower the temperature around itself below freezing. This will cause the condensate to freeze on the coil, forming ice that prevents it from siphoning heat from the air. If you notice ice forming on your air conditioner, you need to call a professional to have a look at it.
Refrigerant is the material that actually transports heat out of the house, flowing constantly through the air conditioner. The refrigerant is not consumed during operation, but is recycled between a liquid and gaseous state. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will eventually drain all refrigerant from the air conditioner. Without refrigerant, the air conditioner cannot operate. If you notice liquid pooling around your air conditioner, contact a professional right away.
The compressor is arguably the most important part of your air conditioner, responsible for circulating the refrigerant through the system and maintaining pressure. If the compressor malfunctions, it can throw off the rhythm of the entire system. This can easily cause the entire system to break down. If you notice your air conditioner rapidly turning on and off over a short period of time, you’re going to need to have a professional look at it as soon as possible.
If you suspect that your air conditioner is malfunctioning, call Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide air conditioner repair services throughout Yucaipa, CA.