We’re at the end of August here in Mesa, AZ. Kids will be heading back to school soon (if they haven’t already) and homeowners will be looking to start fall maintenance. But here in the desert, the hot weather doesn’t stop just because the calendar says it should, and while your air conditioner has already put in months of stalwart work, it’s going to have to keep it up for at least a few weeks more. That’s why it’s important for you to watch for the signs of late summer air conditioning problems. Now is the time when that heavy use may result in significant problems, but with diligence and careful checking, you can spot those problems before they cause any damage. Here are 3 that you should look for.
1. Low Refrigerant
Refrigerant isn’t supposed to leak, because your system needs a set amount of it in order to do its job. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world, and sooner or later, leaks are going to spring up. When they do, you’re likely to see a spike in your energy bills as the air conditioner works harder to do its job. Other signs of a refrigerant leak include frost on the evaporator coils and lower levels of cooling power overall.
2. Low Air Flow
Low air flow can be caused by a large problem such as a fan motor issue or a misaligned fan. But it can also be caused by a clogged filter, which has become too full of dust and debris to do its job, or from similar minor clogs in the system.
3. Short Cycling
Short cycling is where the air conditioner turns on and off rapidly multiple times throughout the day. The causes are myriad—anything from a problematic thermostat to a faulty compressor—but they merit immediate attention.
If you spot the signs of late summer air conditioning problems, call John’s Refrigeration today to have them fixed!