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Air Conditioner Problems and Solutions

Air Conditioner Problems and Solutions

Air conditioning repair needs seem to crop up at the most unexpected times for homeowners—particularly if you skip out on your routine maintenance appointment. Maintenance is the number one way to ensure that your cooling system runs as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as it should. Otherwise, you could find yourself on one of the hottest days in midsummer with a malfunctioning system. Of course, even if you do invest in maintenance as often as you should (once a year, or twice a year if you have a heat pump), there is still a chance that you will need summer AC repairs in San Antonio, TX. Fortunately, the majority of these are minor—as long as they are taken care of right away! Delaying summer AC repairs can cause them to turn into emergencies, and potentially even a full system breakdown. So what are some of the most common mid-summer AC repair problems you may run into? ABC Home & Commercial Services is here to tell you.

Refrigerant Leak

There is a common misconception among homeowners that refrigerant is something that runs out naturally—like gasoline in a car. On the contrary, your air conditioning system is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to ideally last its entire lifespan. If you find that you are losing refrigerant, it means that you have a leak.

Sure, you can have the refrigerant refilled (recharged), but this doesn’t solve the root of the problem. The source of the leak must be located, and then repaired, so that you don’t lose any more refrigerant. Signs of refrigerant loss include a drop in cooling power, lukewarm air coming from your vents, and the development of ice on your evaporator coil.

Clogged Condensate Lines

When your AC system’s condensate lines get too clogged up, it can cause water to back up into your home, simply due to a buildup of debris—therefore this is definitely a problem you want to avoid. You can usually spot this problem by water that appears to be leaking from your air conditioner—it’s likely coming from your clogged condensate line.

This is something that is checked during maintenance, but depending on your circumstances and given how much our AC systems are used during the summer, you might run into this as a summer AC repair.

Damaged (Or Worn) Fan Belt

Among all the summer AC repairs you may encounter, this one is probably the easiest to take care of. When a fan belt wears down, our technicians will be able to take it off and put on a new one with ease. It’s a small part and typically available widespread—and inexpensive when compared to other AC components.

Just like any other malfunctioning component, however, ignoring the problem can cause a bigger issue to occur. So if you hear a squeaking noise in your air conditioner, or even suspect that something is loose within the system, be sure to give our professionals a call to inspect. Keep in mind, too, that the fan belt is also something that’s checked during your maintenance appointment.

Major System Component Replacement

Of course, just like any other homeowner, this isn’t something you want to deal with in the dead of summer. Finding a part that’s the right match for your AC equipment can be hard and can be costly. You may end up spending way more than you planned to this summer, so it’s better to find out sooner rather than later that a major component needs replacement. This, again, comes down to system maintenance.

For more information about common summer AC repairs, contact ABC Home & Commercial Services.

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