Three Common Air Conditioner Problems And Their Solutions

For many people, an air conditioner is one of the most indispensable of all home appliances—especially when the heat of summer rolls around. For that reason, nothing could be more upsetting than an AC system that ceases to perform the way it should. If you would like to educate yourself about some of the more common air conditioning issues, read on. This article will discuss three frequently encountered problems.

Faulty Thermostat

This is one of the most frustrating and—for many homeowners—elusive air conditioner problems. It will generally make it seem as though there is no correlation between the thermostat setting and the temperature inside of your home. In fact, there may be no such correlation, since the signal may not be getting from the thermostat to the air conditioner.

In other cases, the relationship between the two may not seem quite right. For instance, you may have to turn the thermostat to its lowest setting just to get any response at all from the air conditioner. Such problems are generally indicative of a faulty thermostat. If your system utilizes an older dial type thermostat, it may be possible to correct the problem through recalibration. Newer digital thermostats, on the other hand, may need to be replaced or upgraded to eliminate the problem.

Energy Bills Get Higher And Higher

An energy bill that seems to grow larger with every passing month should raise red flags for you. That's because this problem is often tied to a refrigerant leak. As precious refrigerant escapes from your system, it will be required to work harder and harder to accomplish a given cooling task. This increases the overall wear and tear on your system. Eventually, your air conditioner will not be able to keep your home cool no matter how long it runs.

For these reasons, it is important to contact an HVAC professional as soon as possible when faced with this problem. The sooner you have the source of the leak identified and your system recharged with new refrigerant, the sooner you can get your cooling bills back down to where they need to be.

Indoor Temperatures Are Warmer Than Desired

This issue often has a somewhat paradoxical issue at its core: a frozen evaporator coil. This is often the result of restricted airflow. When an insufficient amount of warm air circulates around the evaporator coil, its frigid temperature will soon cause water vapor to freeze on its outer wall. This will then make it even more difficult for your coil to cool your air, since the ice will act to absorb and retain the cold air. Often this problem is tied to a dirty air filter or an obstruction in the return air duct.