When the summertime starts to heat up the outdoors, most of us rely on our home air conditioning system to keep us cool. While most of the time you won’t have to give it much thought other than setting the desired temperature on your thermostat, sometimes your air conditioning system may experience a problem. Understanding what that problem is and being able to identify it can allow you to seek assistance sooner rather than later.
Clogged Drain or Drainpipe
As your air conditioning system continues to run throughout the summer months, more dirt and debris will build up inside of your system. As the air inside of your home passes over the evaporator coil, the humidity from the air will be expelled into water drops. These water drops make their way down the drainpipe and into the drain.
Unfortunately, the moisture that is drawn out of the air due to the air conditioning process can contain unwanted dirt, dust, and other debris. Over time, this debris will turn into a sludge-like matter that can clog up the drainpipe or the drain itself. In addition, a large amount of water going through the drainpipe and the drain can cause hard water scaling, which can also clog them.
Another common problem that most homeowners face at least a couple of times throughout the life of their air conditioning system is a capacitor failure. The run capacitor is responsible for starting up the motor for your air conditioning system so that it can run through its cycle. While your capacitor is designed to run for long periods of time in a hot environment, sometimes the extreme temperature changes can wreak havoc on it. It’s best to call in an air conditioning professional to handle replacing the capacitor for your system.
Clogged Air Filter
Each air conditioning system comes with at least one air filter. This filter works to remove unwanted pollutants and other debris from the air inside of your home. It’s important for the filter to be replaced whenever it reaches the end of its life span. Unfortunately, if a homeowner does not replace the filter once it’s full, it can lead to numerous issues with their air conditioning system. From frozen evaporator coils to higher energy bills, clogged air filters can be a real problem.
As a homeowner, it’s very easy to replace a clogged air filter. You’ll simply need a locate the filter and remove it. Then, replace the filter with a brand-new one. While air conditioning experts recommend replacing your air filter every three months, it’s more likely that it’s going to need to be replaced more often in the summer months. You should be pulling out your air filter once every couple of weeks to check whether it needs to be replaced.
If you’ve noticed that your air conditioning system doesn’t seem to be cooling your home like it usually does, it could be due to a lack of refrigerant. Refrigerant is an essential substance inside of your air conditioning system that is utilized to remove heat from the inside and transfer it outside. When there’s not enough refrigerant in your system, it’s unable to remove the heat from inside of your home.
Refrigerant can leak out through the evaporator coil, condenser coil, or the copper tubing that runs between the two. Even just pinhole leaks constantly dripping out refrigerant can cause a large loss over a short period of time. It’s best to call in an air conditioning professional to handle the recharging of your refrigerant, as it can be a dangerous substance when not handled correctly.
If the thermostat for your air conditioning system won’t turn on, it could be a couple of different issues with the thermostat itself. Start by checking the circuit breaker in the electrical panel box to see if the circuit was tripped. If the circuit is still in the on position, it’s time to put new batteries in your thermostat. If the thermostat still won’t turn back on, it’s likely that you may need to replace the thermostat. Most homeowners can easily replace their own thermostats. However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, it’s advisable to call in an air conditioning professional to do it for you.
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