The weather is already starting to heat up, and that means that people are going to start relying on their air conditioning systems more and more often as the year progresses. As the strain on your air conditioning system increases, the chances for problems to develop will go up. If you want to limit the amount of damage these problems can do to your air conditioner, you should be able to recognize them early. That way you can call for repairs before whatever is wrong with the system can do too much damage to it. Read on for some common air conditioning problems you need to watch for this spring.
An air conditioner operates by evaporating refrigerant to absorb heat from the home’s air. It then sends the refrigerant gas to the condenser coil outside, where it is condensed back into liquid to vent the heat out of the home. The refrigerant in the system is not consumed, but is recycled back and forth during operation. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will drain the system of the fluid it needs to operate. This will lead to a decline in output and, eventually, a full breakdown. Call for repairs as soon as you notice fluid leaking from your air conditioner.
Short cycling is a behavior in which the air conditioner turns on and off every couple of minutes, which puts massive strain on the system and increases the likelihood of breakdowns. It could be caused by a number of different issues, including electrical problems with the thermostat or a damaged compressor. Either way, it can significantly shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner if allowed to continue unabated. Listen carefully for signs that your air conditioner is short cycling, and call for repairs immediately if you hear it.