5 of the Most Common Problems that Lead to Air Conditioner Service

May 21, 2015

As summer draws near, air conditioner service had better be something that crosses your mind a little more often as you think about your complete home comfort. Of course there are a number of things to look for when thinking through air conditioner service, but a few issues are more typical than others as you prepare to ramp up your air conditioner use for the season.

No matter when you last had your air conditioner service completed, make certain to keep these five potential concerns in mind when your air conditioner is on the fritz.

1.     Leaking refrigerant

There are a number of things that can cause low refrigerant levels. It could be due to an undercharge during installation or the system could have developed a leak over time. Adding refrigerant to an already leaky air conditioner is similar to using a band aid on the Hoover Dam. It’s not going to cut it. Leaks should only be fixed by trained technicians like the ones at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello so that you can be sure your system is running at its best. Having that simple air conditioner service performed means that you’ll fix the leak and have the refrigerant charge match the exact specifications of the manufacturer, which provides you with top performance and efficiency.

2.     Inadequate maintenance

Allowing filters and coils to build up with dirt and grime will not only lower your system’s efficiency, but it could cause a host of other concerns if they’re not addressed. Arranging routine maintenance on your air conditioner with Vogts Heating & Air means that you’ll have a system providing you comfort when you desire it most.

3.     Cycling too frequently

The air conditioner fan controls and compressor are most liable to wear, and if you have an air conditioner that cycles on and off often, you’ll likely have this issue. You’ll also want your service provider to look at the wiring to make sure there isn’t any corrosion and that the wiring job itself is done correctly. Cycling on and off during cooling season may also be a sign that your system may not be sized correctly and if that is the case you will also notice your home could have high humidity issues.  Because there are several concerns to look at, you want to be sure you’re dealing with someone as reliable and experienced like the team at Vogts Heating & Air.

4.     Sensor problems

Air conditioners and their thermostat sensors are another common concern that can lead to air conditioner service or AC repair. Thermostat sensors, usually situated behind the control panel, measure the temperature of air coming in to the coil. This helps your air conditioner know whether it needs to turn on or stay off, so if the sensor is out of place you could be left with a system that cycles all the time.

5.     Drainage

Condensation is created by your air conditioner during the cooling process, and your system is created to take care of its own drainage. If the drain becomes clogged you may be subjected to mold or mildew issues, which can lead to an entirely different set of issues.

No matter the age of your air conditioner, there will always be problems that can come up when it is used frequently. Summer is when your system should be running at its best, so give the team at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello a call at 208-621-0129.