Summer may officially be over in a couple of short weeks, however, we can absolutely still expect some warm temperatures moving into fall. This means your air conditioner isn’t done working hard to keep you cool. And this is the time of year when accumulated stress really takes its toll on air conditioner–especially if AC maintenance was skipped.
We can’t understate the importance of maintenance. It allows our technicians to thoroughly and comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure optimal performance. Without maintenance, you can run into a number of performance issues, including some common repair needs that tend to impact ill-maintained or aging systems.
What are these repair needs? Read on as we uncover 4 of the most common.
1. Failed Capacitors
Your air conditioner has these essential electrical components, responsible for diverting voltage to the motors to start them and keep them running. Appropriately, these are called start capacitors and run capacitors.
Capacitors wear down naturally over the years. They’re sensitive to high heat and as a result, can lose their ability to hold an electric charge after so many years of use. This is something that is checked during maintenance, but without that warning, you could find yourself facing failed capacitors.
You can watch out for signs that your capacitors are failing, through! If your air conditioner makes clicking noises when it starts or seems to struggle to get the compressor going, you’re probably looking at failing capacitors. Give us a call!
2. Dying Motors
Motors also wear down over time. Lubrication can cause them to accumulate friction. Years of hard work can cause them to loosen, so on and so forth. If you notice an acrid, burning smell coming from the air conditioner or room vents, then you’re likely looking at a motor that’s on the verge of burning out.
If you do notice this before your air conditioner totally breaks down, shut down your AC and give us a call right away for repairs. Our technicians may be able to save your motor, or replace it before it has a domino effect on other components of your HVAC system.
3. Frozen Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil is the component responsible for absorbing heat from your home in order to put it through a refrigerant process that allows chilled air to be returned into your living space. This coil should never have ice on it, as natural as ice may seem to the cooling process.
But if certain problems are ignored or neglected–a refrigerant leak, a clogged air filter–then this coil can absolutely freeze over. If this happens to you, please don’t try to thaw it out or remove the ice on your own–you need a pro to address what caused the problem to begin with so it doesn’t happen again.
4. Low Airflow
There are a number of things that can cause low airflow, from damaged ductwork to failing components in your air conditioner. Check the air filter, first, since a clogged filter can impact this. If the air filter is not the problem though, give us a call.
And remember, maintenance can allow our team to catch problems before they reach the point that they negatively effect your comfort!