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5 Extremely Common AC Problems

Some air conditioner problems are very common. In fact, they are common enough that you shouldn’t be too concerned when these problems pop up inside your air conditioner. They’re usually very easy to fix when they are caught and addressed quickly.

Maybe you’ve been wondering, what is the most common AC repair? We are highlighting five of them. Keep reading to learn more about five common AC repairs and what they mean. Then give our team a call to schedule your AC service.

Dirty Air Filter

This is easily the most common problem affecting air conditioners. It’s so easy to forget to change out the air filter and allow it to get clogged with dust. The problem with a clogged air filter is that it blocks airflow leading into your unit and puts strain on the system. If it helps, you can set a reminder on your phone or calendar so you remember to change out the air filter on time each month.

Clogged Condensate Drain Line

When you change out the air filter, you also need to be rinsing out the condensate drain line with vinegar. If you don’t, the drain line can develop mold, which can lead to clogs that block water flow from exiting your home. Instead, water will back up in this condensate drain line in spill back out into the surrounding areas. Aside from water damage, this also elevates humidity levels as the water evaporates back into the air.

Ductwork Problems

Although this is indirectly related to your air conditioner, ductwork problems can have a major impact on how your unit operates. If seals are broken and holes go unaddressed, your air conditioner may be left working harder to produce results for your home. Losing cold air through ductwork holes can cost you a lot on your monthly energy bills as your air conditioner works harder to lower the temperature inside your home.

Thermostat Calibration

Thermostat calibration is another indirect problem that can impact your air conditioner. Your thermostat is what communicates with your air conditioner for when to turn on and off to keep your home cool. If your thermostat is not communicating correctly with your air conditioner, your home may not be as comfortable if you want. 

It’s possible that the thermostat is misreading the indoor air temperature or that communication from your thermostat is not always reaching your AC. Either way, our team can check out your thermostat and clean it out or re-calibrate it.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your home doesn’t feel as cool, as it usually does, a refrigerant leak may be to blame. When the refrigerant leaks out through a damaged area of the line, there isn’t enough charge left to cool your home adequately. Your air conditioner may run as normal and airflow will still move through the system and out into your home, but the air won’t be as cool as it needs to be to lower the indoor air temperature. 

The solution is to identify the refrigerant leak and repair it, then recharge the refrigerant in the lines so there’s enough to call your home. Hearing hissing or bubbling sounds coming from the AC is a common sign of refrigerant leaks.

Do yourself a favor and contact Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling for air conditioning service in Siesta Key, FL. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970!

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