Problems with your air conditioner are much more likely to occur during the summer, when demand on the system is much higher than at other times of year. If you want to keep your air conditioner in the best possible shape this summer, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for signs that some of these problems are developing. Early detection means early repairs, which means that you save money and extend your system’s lifespan.
This is one of the biggest problems an air conditioner can face, and thankfully one of the easiest to spot. Short cycling is when your air conditioner rapidly cycles on and off every few minutes. This cripples the output of the system, and causes the various parts inside it to wear down much faster. If the air conditioner is allowed to short cycle for an extended period of time, it will be much more prone to various breakdowns as parts of it begin to fail under the strain. You will also likely need to replace your air conditioner much sooner than you normally would, if you allow it to short cycle for long periods of time. Make sure that you shut down your air conditioner and call for repairs as soon as you notice it exhibiting this symptom.
Refrigerant is the general term for the chemical blend the air conditioner uses to transfer heat out of the home. It evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat from the air inside, then condenses it back into liquid to vent the collected heat outside. The air conditioner does not consume refrigerant during this process, and is meant to use its initial charge for its entire life. A refrigerant leak will cause the output level of the air conditioner to drop, along with the level of the refrigerant. Eventually, the refrigerant level (or charge) will drop so low that the system will break down entirely. If you hear a hissing or gurgling noise coming from your air conditioner, especially if it’s accompanied by an obvious leak, you should have a professional take care of it immediately.
Air Handler Issues
The air handler is the part your air conditioner uses to circulate air throughout your home. Moving that much air puts a lot of strain on the air handler motor, so the system uses oiled bearings to compensate. These bearings can wear out over time, though, which increases the amount of friction on the air handler motor. As the friction rises, the motor might make a loud grinding sound while the air conditioner is on. If you hear that, you need to have the system repaired as soon as possible. If the bearings are not replaced, the air handler motor will eventually overheat and burn out.
If your air conditioner needs repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC technicians. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner can keep you cool and comfortable this summer.
Fiebrandt Bros. Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides a full range of air conditioning repair services in Chicago, IL.