Commercial and residential property owners rely on central air conditioning to control indoor temperature, especially during the summer months. This is especially important in regions where temperatures during the summer soar above the 100 degree Fahrenheit mark. These complex systems experience a variety of common problems that require the attention of air conditioning repair specialists.
A unit that fails to turn on or off when it should may have a faulty thermostat sensor. Professional technicians frequently run into this problem when making service calls. Sometimes the sensor is still functional but is not in the proper position. When this is the case, a technician can bend the wire attaching the sensor to the unit to adjust its position.
Systems that fail to cool the environment even when they run constantly may have a refrigerant leak. A unit does not consume refrigerant so if the level is low, either it is leaking or it was not properly charged during installation. Adding more refrigerant will not help unless the leak is repaired by a trained AC repair technician. Fixing the leak will increase the unit’s efficiency and eliminate any risk to the environment caused by the refrigerant.
Failing to clean the coils and change filters regularly can cause some failures. Various components have to work harder than they are designed to and the unit will not be able to perform at full capacity. In the worst cases, the fan or compressor may burn out due to the stress on the system.
In addition to replacing filters and cleaning coils, property owners should check the condensate drain for debris. Proper drainage will increase the system’s efficiency. This type of preventive maintenance prolongs the life of the entire system and can save property owners thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs and premature replacement of various components.