What’s worse than an air conditioner that doesn’t cool you down on hot summer days? An air conditioner, and a working one at that, is one of the most important aspects of your home’s conformability. However, whether technical or non-technical, problems and issues with your air conditioning system are not uncommon.
Some of the most common cooling issues you may encounter are as follows:
Clogging of air filers
When the air filter is clogged, the system will not serve its cooling purposes. This is because air will be restricted from flowing freely and correctly. Most of these are clogged by dust and debris. This forces the air handler to strain so that it can compensate for the blocked airflow. This will not only increase your utility bill, but it can also make the heat exchanger overheat (which can shut down the whole system). This way, you might even experience some spots of the house being hot and others cold. Generally, it will be harder for it to attain the desired indoor temperatures.
Firstly, there are two types of coils necessary in your air conditioning system; condenser coils and evaporator coils. When you fail to clean your air conditioner frequently, it can result in dust and dirt accumulating on these coils.
The evaporator coil works by absorbing heat from a space. On the other hand, the condenser coil releases excess thermal energy into the outdoor environment. Therefore, when these coils are covered with unwanted materials, it will significantly undermine their efficiency in performing these functions. In fact, it has been proven that if a coil has accumulated 1/100th inch of dirt, its efficiency is reduced by 5%. In the end, you will not only be complaining of less cooling power but higher electricity bills too!
Problems with the fan
Suppose you have ever looked keenly at your air conditioning system. In that case, you will notice a fan blowing air from the indoors over the evaporator coil for cooling purposes and another blowing air over the condenser, expelling the heat to the outside. If any of these fans have a problem, there will be poor airflow within the system. This can be caused by a faulty motor, inadequate lubrication, wearing out of the belts, or dirt. If the problem goes unchecked, the compressor will fail, and the whole air conditioning system might get damaged.
This is mainly experienced by the people who use the traditional dial-type thermostats. For example, you might find one that is incorrectly calibrated. Such a thermostat won’t be getting the correct instructions from the system, making it hard for it to attain the desired temperature level. To correct this, you can recalibrate it or, if possible, replace it with the modern programmable thermostat.
When a thermostat develops problems, it does not end up with dramatic events; just sudden changes in the cooling system’s general performance. This can make you misinterpret the situation and attribute them to typical system problems when it’s just the thermostat needing a quick fix. Therefore, always keep an eye on it and ensure that everything is set right.
Air conditioning is a necessity. Life can become unbearable when the cooling system isn’t in tip-top shape. Looking out for these mistakes will ensure your comfortability and save you from expensive repairs.
Rice Heating and Air is a full-service heating & air contractor headquartered in Alma, AR. The company specializes in air conditioning repair, AC installations, indoor air quality systems, heating repair, and furnace installations. Rice Heating and Air are focused on helping homeowners and businesses staying comfortable year-round. We are your comfort experts.
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