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Watch Out for Common Summer AC Problems

common-summer-ac-problemsAir conditioner problems are a lot more likely to happen during the summer than any other year—that is, when you are placing the highest demand on your cooling system. In order to keep this system in the best possible condition as the weather warms, it’s a good idea to watch for signs that some of these problems are cropping up.

Early detection means that you can call for Taylorsville, UT air conditioning services right away, rather than waiting it out and increasing the risk that you’ll be stuck in the middle of summer without a functioning AC system. To save money and extend your system’s lifespan, we recommend keeping an eye out for the following common summer AC problems.

Short-Cycling

This is when your air conditioner cycles on and off rapidly. This may not seem like a big deal, but in fact it’s one of the biggest issues your cooling system can face. It essentially cripples the output of the system, causing the various components within to wear down much faster than they would otherwise.

If your AC system is allowed to short-cycle for an extended time period, it’s going to be much more prone to breakdowns, as parts of it begin to fail under the extra stress. It’s also highly likely that you’ll need to replace the system much sooner than you would have had to. If you notice this symptom, the best thing to do is turn off your AC and call our professionals for immediate repairs.

Refrigerant Leaks

One of the biggest misconceptions about air conditioners is that they use up refrigerant much like a car uses up gasoline. This is not the case, however. Upon installation, your cooling system is ideally supplied with enough refrigerant to last throughout its entire lifespan. If you’re told that you need a recharge (refill), then what’s happened is that you have a leak.

Refrigerant leaks can cause a number of problems. Your evaporator coil could freeze over, making it impossible for it to absorb the surrounding heat like it’s supposed to. You’ll also notice decreased cooling power and overall system inefficiency. Signs of a refrigerant leak include hissing or gurgling noises, and drop in AC output.

Air Handler Problems

An air handler is the part of the air conditioner that’s used to circulate air into and throughout your home. Moving that much air puts a good deal of stress on the air handler motor, so the system’s bearings must be properly oiled in order to compensate.

As friction rises on this motor, it will begin making a loud grinding noise—and this is what you need to listen for. This is an indication that you need to have the system repaired right away. Failing to do so will result in an overheated and burnt out motor.

We are the company you can trust for professional and timely air conditioning repairs. Contact us today to learn about our comprehensive air conditioning services, and what keeps our customers saying “I Love My Design Comfort!”

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