Your air conditioner is an essential part of your Kansas City home. With many days that routinely hit the 90-degree mark, you’ll want to confirm that your air conditioning system is ready to work when you need it most. Properly maintaining your cooling system will help you avoid common air conditioner problems, save money, and reduce wear and tear on your system.
The Most Common Air Conditioner Problems Are:
- Refrigerant leaks: If you have a refrigerant leak, you will have to get the line or coil repaired before adding more refrigerant. This is a job for an HVAC pro, as not only does this involve draining the refrigerant, it requires the service professional to add refrigerant that complies with the specs of the air conditioning unit. In many areas, a technician must be specifically licensed to work with refrigerant.
- Thermostat Issues: Low battery charge, programming issue or setting error can lead to a inoperable system
- Electrical issues: Wear and tear or simple damage can cause a problem with the unit. Note that not all damage is visible; wire corrosion to the terminals is also a common problem with air conditioning units. This requires a service pro to repair.
- Drainage issues: If the condensate drain is clogged (or not draining properly), your air conditioning unit will not cool properly (or efficiently) and is at risk of being overtaxed, making it extremely energy inefficient.
- Dirty filters: Checking your air filter (and replacing it when it’s dirty) is the simplest and most effective way to ensure your A/C is running properly and efficiently. Dirty filters can cause the system to work harder than it needs to, wasting energy dollars and allowing the equipment to wear out sooner than it should.
- Dirt and grime on the coils: When your condensing or evaporator coils are dirty, the crucial heat exchange process is impeded. This reduces efficiency and overworks your compressor and air handler.
For more expert advice about air conditioning, heating and other issues related to home comfort, contact Overland Park Heating & Cooling, serving the Kansas City area since 1983.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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