With summer rapidly approaching, it is important to ensure that your air conditioning unit is functioning properly. If you think your A/C isn’t running as well as it should be, there are a number of potential problem areas to check:
- Electrical failure. If your air conditioning fails to start, or if it shuts down frequently during heavy use, you might have a problem with the fuses, circuit breakers or wiring. A trained professional should test the electrical connections, wires and contacts.
- Compressor and fan. Frequent starting and stopping of the system can wear on the compressor and fan controls over time. Again, an HVAC professional can ensure that these controls are functioning well so that there is no interruption in your cold air.
- Refrigerant level. The refrigerant works best when it is at the level specified by the manufacturer, not above or below. It can also be costly and harmful to the environment if your air conditioning is leaking refrigerant. A trained technician will be able to identify and repair a leak before it causes significant trouble.
- Dirty filters and coils. Not only is it inefficient but it can damage your system to run your air through dirty filters. Replacing these parts on a regular basis will help prevent this problem. Regular replacements also increase the pressure and quality of the cool air emerging from your vents.
- Condensate drain. If your drain is partially or fully blocked, it may cause water damage and premature aging of your air handler. High humidity, as we experience in Southwest Florida, can cause the drain to clog more frequently if not maintained properly.
Questions? Think your A/C might need professional help? Please contact the certified experts Conditioned Air with any questions or to schedule a visit. We’re always happy to help our neighbors in the Naples and Ft. Myers areas.
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