The summer heat Cleveland experiences can put a lot of stress on your air conditioner, leading to common A/C problems. If all of the components are in good working order and well-maintained, the source of the failure is commonly a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Unusually hot days might also trip the high pressure limit switch, which can be reset in the compressor's access panel.
If none of those are the source of the problem, the failure is likely due to one of these common A/C problems:
- Refrigerant leaks: Air conditioners need a specific level of refrigerant charge to work properly. If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it was either installed incorrectly or has developed a leak. In the latter case, a service technician will need to find and repair the leak before providing the correct refrigerant charge. NOTE: When working correctly, the AC system does not consume refrigerant. So if a tech tells you to "top off" the unit without finding the root cause, you will be back at the problem again at some time in the future. It is always better to find the cause of the problem vs. simply adding refrigerant.
- Electrical failure: The electrical controls responsible for turning the compressor and fans on experience a lot of wear due to how often air conditioners cycle on and off. This happens even more often when you have an air conditioner that's excessively large for the home it's responsible for cooling. Electrical connections and contacts can also be prone to corrosion that can impair their connectivity.
- Clogged drain: Air conditioners remove humidity from the air due to the significant amount of condensation that forms on the evaporator coil. This water is normally drained away, but if the drain is clogged, water can accumulate and cause problems.
- Dirty coils and filters: Dirty coils make it harder for the air conditioner to exchange heat with the air, and dirty air filters may prevent it from getting the amount of airflow necessary for efficient operation. This can change the cooling coil into a giant block of ice!
The best way to avoid these problems this summer is by having professional maintenance performed before the really hot weather arrives. Your contractor will examine all the components of your cooling system to make sure they're in good shape and will make it through the summer. It is never too late to get the unit maintained if it slipped your mind earlier.
For help avoiding common A/C problems this summer, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling to schedule a maintenance visit. We've provided quality heating and cooling services for residents throughout the greater Cleveland area since 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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