What causes air conditioners to fail?

What causes air conditioners to fail?

Air conditioners fail for a wide range of reasons. Most of those reasons are because homeowners aren’t aware of the kind of abuse or neglect they might be inflicting on their system. Part of the point of our blog is to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of unconsciously costing yourself money with unnecessary repairs that could have been avoided in the first place.


So without further adieu, here are some of the most common causes of air conditioner failure and what you can do to avoid them!

Refrigerant problems


If your AC unit isn’t releasing cold air, then it’s likely that that coolant or refigerant isn’t passing through the coils of the unit or has a leak. Believe it or not, this is a petty easy fix, but you’ll need pros to come and help you with it. If the coolant has dried up, it can’t be replaced. If you have a leak, new parts can be installed. Either way – you’ll be back up and running in no time!


Faulty thermostats


Most of the time it’s not your AC unit that’s the problem. It’s actually the thermostat that’s the culprit. Thermostat tell your air conditioner what to do and when. If your room isn’t cooling the right way – then be sure to check your thermostat settings and either re-toggle them or reset them to identify if there’s something wrong with your control panel in general. If you’re readjusting your settings and getting the same results, then it’s likely that the thermostat is, in fact – the problem.


Lack of maintenance and cleaning


Just like any appliance – if you leave your AC unattended or skip routine maintenance checks, something is going to go wrong – and it’s going to go wrong because dirt and grime have built up or something that was a small issue has now become a big one because of neglect.


Ongoing, regular maintenance is important because it can dramatically lengthen the life of your AC unit for the fraction of the cost that it’d take to make a serious repair. Simply have someone look at your AC unit before the warm weather hits and as soon as the warm weather season is over. That way, you should be able to stay ahead of any issues that have the potential to become problems.


While these are some of the more common reasons your AC might fail, they’re not the only reasons. If your AC unit isn’t working properly, then give our team a call and we’ll be happy to come out and give you a free consultation.