As the scorching heat of summer approaches, we rely heavily on our air conditioners to keep our Lowcountry homes cool and comfortable. Even the most reliable AC units can break down, leaving us sweltering in the heat. Understanding the potential issues that can plague your air conditioning system is essential for preventing unexpected malfunctions and ensuring uninterrupted comfort during the hot summer months.
The best way to identify these issues before they become system breakdowns and emergency repairs is with help from Superior Services!
From simple tune-ups and preventative care to more complex equipment issues, our HVAC professionals can handle it all. The most common causes for issues with your system can easily be mitigated with the proper care. These include:
Lack of Maintenance
Neglecting regular maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing filters, can lead to reduced airflow, overworking the system, and potential breakdowns. When it comes to planning and scheduling regular maintenance, leave it to us! Our Membership Service Plans include two planned maintenance visits per year, precision tune-ups and professional cleanings to prolong the life of your heating and air system, reduce your energy costs, and ensure a clean and healthy environment in your home.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Air conditioners produce condensation as they cool the air, and this moisture needs to drain properly. Over time, the condensate drain line can become clogged with debris, dirt, or algae, causing the drain to back up. If the drain is blocked, it can result in water leakage and potential damage to the air conditioner. In some cases, the system may automatically shut off to prevent further damage. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the condensate drain can help prevent this issue and keep the air conditioner running smoothly throughout the summer.
Refrigerant is essential for your system to provide cool air, and if there are leaks in the system, the AC may not cool properly or may stop working entirely. Low refrigerant levels can also cause the compressor to overheat and fail.
Frozen Evaporator Coils
Restricted airflow, low refrigerant levels, or dirty coils can cause the evaporator coils to freeze. When this happens, the air conditioner may blow warm air or fail to cool the space adequately.
Issues with the fan motor or fan blades can prevent proper airflow, causing the AC unit to struggle to cool the room effectively or even overheat.
The compressor is the heart of an air conditioning system. Overheating, electrical issues, or mechanical problems can cause the compressor to fail, resulting in a complete breakdown of your system.
Air conditioners work by removing heat from the indoor air and releasing it outside. However, if the outdoor unit or the condenser coils become dirty or obstructed, it can lead to inadequate heat dissipation and cause the system to overheat. This can also happen if you have landscaping that is growing too close to your outdoor equipment. Overheating can trigger safety mechanisms that shut down the AC to prevent further damage. Regular cleaning and ensuring proper airflow around the outdoor unit can help prevent overheating issues.
The thermostat is responsible for regulating the temperature and controlling the operation of the air conditioner. If the thermostat is faulty or misconfigured, it can cause the AC to behave erratically, such as cycling on and off frequently, not cooling the space adequately, or not turning on at all. In some cases, the issue may be with the thermostat’s wiring or sensor. Troubleshooting or replacing the thermostat may be necessary to restore proper functionality.
Schedule Service Now To Avoid An HVAC Breakdown
Understanding the common causes air conditioners break down in the summer is key to maintaining a cool and comfortable indoor environment.
From lack of maintenance to electrical issues, refrigerant leaks to frozen coils, fan problems to compressor failures, and clogged condensate drains, each factor can lead to a malfunctioning HVAC system.
By prioritizing regular maintenance and talking to the pros at Superior Services, you can avoid an AC breakdown. Stay proactive with the help of our HVAC techs, and you enjoy a summer filled with reliable and efficient cooling from your air conditioning system.