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Common air conditioning problems

One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close
your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home. For a list of common air conditioner problems and what to look for, check out our Energy Saver 101 infographic on home cooling.

Faulty installation, poor service procedures, and inadequate maintenance are other common problems.  Improper installation of a central air conditioner can leave you with improper or low airflow and leaky ducts. Often, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not comply with the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not conducted when the unit is installed, the performance and efficiency of the unit is impacted. 

Unqualified service technicians often fail to diagnose refrigerant charging problems compound existing problems by adding refrigerant additional refrigerant to a system that is already fully charged.  Learn what to ask for when hiring a technician to maintain your air conditioner.

Air conditioner manufacturing companies generally make high quality products, long lasting products.  If your air conditioner fails, check to insure that any fuses aren’t blow or circuit breakers tripped. Let the unit cool down for a 10 minute period before resetting any breakers. If a air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, it is a possibility that the high-pressure limit switch could have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant.

Keep in mind that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is best when the refrigerant charge matches the manufacturer’s specifications.  Air conditioners should not be over or  undercharged.  Also, Freon (refrigerant) leaks can harm our environment.

Inadequate Maintenance

If the air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans would fail prematurely.

Electric Control Failure

In oversized systems, the compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently.  All wires and terminals should be checked for corrosion during your service call.

But higher SEER (18+) DOES mean higher comfort levels

Higher SEER units often come with 2 components that lead to greater indoor comfort, especially here in Florida:

Lesser SEER ACs normally do not include these features. They only run on 1 speed (single-stage), which means that when the weather is pleasant that they will frequently turn on and off.

This could lead to other problems, like:

Uneven cooling: If your AC turns on and off, the air won’t mix well.  This will cause uncomfortable hot or cold spots in your home.

  • High humidity levels:   If your  unit has to run for long periods of time to remove humidity from your home’s
    air your AC won’t be able to remove the humidity which will make your home feel uncomfortable.

Have more questions?  Call us.  We service Northwest Florida and will be happy to answer and address all of your comfort concerns.


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