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Beware Common Summer AC Problems

beware-common-summer-ac-problemsOperational issues with your air conditioning system are much more likely to occur during the summer than any other time of the year. This is because even though you may use your cooling system sporadically throughout the year, thanks to unseasonable heat waves, the summer is when it runs on a daily basis—meaning this is the time that it accumulates the most stress, and wear and tear.

That being said, it’s a wise choice to keep an eye out for indications that any problems are developing. Early detection means that you can have air conditioning repairs in Brentwood, TN done right way, resulting in lower cooling costs for you, and a longer lifespan for your AC system. These indications include:


This is one of the largest issues that an AC system can face—but thankfully, one of the easiest to spot. Short-cycling describes the process of your cooling system rapidly cycling on and off every few minutes. This hurts the output of your system, and causes the various components inside of it to wear down much faster.

If your cooling system is allowed to short-cycle for an extended period of time, it’s going to be much more susceptible to various breakdowns as components of it begin to fail under the strain. You’ll also likely need to replace your cooling system much sooner than you otherwise would have, if you allow it to short-cycle for too long.

Refrigerant Leaks

There is a common misconception about this chemical blend of fluids that allows your air conditioner to do its job—and that is that refrigerant runs out like gas runs out of a car. On the contrary, upon installation your air conditioner is actually supplied with enough refrigerant to ideally last its entire lifespan.

So if you’re losing any, it means that you have a leak. Unfortunately, this is detrimental to your system and can cause a number of issues—the smallest of which is that you’ll notice the air coming through the vents is not as cool as it should be. But this is just a symptom to a bigger problem—so be sure that even if you suspect a refrigerant leak, you have your AC checked right away.

Air Handler Problems

The air handler is the component of your AC system that’s used to circulate air throughout your home. Moving that much air puts a good deal of stress on the air handler motor, so the system uses oiled bearings to help. These bearings, however, wear down over time, which increases the friction on the air handler motor.

As friction increases, the motor may make a loud grinding sound while the air conditioner is running. I fyou hear this, it’s vital that you have your cooling system checked out and repaired as soon as possible. Failing to replace the bearings puts you at risk of having the air handler overheat and burn out.

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