Common end-of-summer Air Conditioning issues
After a grueling few months, the temperature should start to come down a bit here in Tampa, FL – and for your air conditioner – it probably can’t come soon enough! After the intensity of the summer, there’s bound to be some seasonal issues that’ll pop up with your unit here and there.
Over the years, we’ve encountered plenty of problems that seem to occur more frequently at the end of summer than others and wanted to share a few of those out with you today. Here are some of the lumps and bumps your air conditioner may have taken over the summer and some of the maintenance tasks you might be able to anticipate, as the fall gets closer.
Poll any company, ours included – that services AC units and almost all of them will tell you that 1 in 3 calls is about dirty filters. Dust and debris build up in your system’s air filters and with it comes a rash of issues ranging from dirty air to restricted air flow. In some cases, it can even feel like your AC isn’t working anymore. Be sure to check your filters and be sure to get them cleaned or replaced. It’s a cheap, easy fix that you can do at home.
Leakage is a common problem in air conditioners – but it’s more of an indicator than the actual problem, itself. Leakage could be a wide range of issues from as minor as condensation buildup to an actual refrigerant leak. Whatever it is – you need to make sure you get your unit looked at as soon as possible. If something is seriously wrong, it could cost you in comfort, money and worst of all – it could break your air conditioner.
Keeping AC units to close to heat-producing appliances
This might sound silly, but you’d be surprised at the number of calls we get that come from someone who thinks their AC doesn’t work that simply placed their units too close to heat producing appliances. Refrigerators, TV’s, the oven – you name it, people put air conditioners next to them. Not only is this bad for the obvious reasons; but it’s also problematic because it tricks your unit into thinking it’s still warm in the room. The result ends up being more work on the part of the AC unit. And AC units working overtime means a significantly higher electrical bill at the end of each month.
It’s important to make sure that your system gets serviced at the end of each summer. It’s the best time to deal with any emerging problems and address them before they become serious. If you need us to take a look at your air conditioner, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!