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Common Air Conditioner Problems

Serving Families Throughout Palm Springs
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As the temperature rises during the summer months, we rely on our air conditioners to keep us comfortable indoors. However, sometimes our air conditioning units may fail to work efficiently. Common issues include refrigerant leaks, dirty filters, frozen coils, and malfunctioning thermostats. Read on to learn more about common AC problems, and the steps you can take to make your AC work again.

1. Dirty Air Filters

One of the most common reasons for air conditioning problems is dirty air filters. Over time, air filters collect dirt and debris, which restricts airflow. As a result, the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the room, leading to increased energy bills and decreased cooling efficiency.

Solution: The solution to this problem is relatively simple. You need to replace the air filter at least once every three months. If you have pets or live in a dusty environment, you may need to replace it more frequently. Dirty air filters don’t just lead to inefficiencies in your AC unit – they can also affect your respiratory health. Clean filters are crucial for ensuring good indoor air quality.

2. Refrigerant Leaks

Low refrigerant levels can cause your air conditioner to blow warm air instead of cold air. Refrigerant is a compound that absorbs the heat in the air and cools it down. When there’s a leak, the refrigerant levels can’t keep up with the cooling demand, leading to poor performance.

Solution: Detecting and fixing refrigerant leaks requires a professional HVAC technician. If you suspect that your air conditioner has a leak, you should contact a licensed technician immediately. Attempting to fix the leak yourself can be dangerous and may damage the system further.

3. Frozen Evaporator Coils

If you notice that your air conditioner is producing little to no cool air, the problem may be frozen evaporator coils. This happens when the coils get too cold and the moisture in the air freezes onto them, obstructing airflow.

Solution: The solution to this problem is to turn off the AC unit and let the ice melt. Then, check the air filter and replace it if necessary. If the problem persists, contact a licensed technician to examine the system for underlying problems.

4. Electrical Malfunctions

Electrical malfunctions can cause a range of problems with your a/c unit, including failure to turn on, failure to cool, and inadequate airflow. Common electrical problems include blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, loose wires, and faulty capacitors.

Solution: If you suspect electrical problems with your air conditioner, you should turn off the unit and contact an HVAC technician immediately. Electrical issues can be dangerous to tackle on your own and can cause serious injury or damage to the unit.

5. Clogged or Damaged Condensation Drain Lines

Condensation drain lines are responsible for removing moisture and condensation from your AC unit. Over time, these lines can become clogged with algae, dirt, and debris, leading to water damage and poor cooling performance.

Solution: Regular maintenance can help prevent clogged or damaged condensation drain lines. In addition, you should regularly inspect the drain line for clogs and clear them out using a wet/dry vacuum. If the drain line is damaged, you should contact a licensed technician to replace it.

6. Fan Problems

If the fan is not working properly, your air conditioner will not be able to cool your home adequately. Common fan problems include broken blades, motor failures, and worn-out belts.

Solution: If you notice any issues with the fan, you should contact an HVAC technician to diagnose and repair the problem. Attempting to fix the problem yourself can be dangerous and may worsen the damage to the unit.

7. Thermostat Malfunctions

If the thermostat is not functioning correctly, it can lead to a range of AC problems, including uneven cooling and a failure to turn on.

Solution: If you suspect that your thermostat is not working, you should turn off the AC unit and check the batteries. If the batteries are fine and the thermostat still doesn’t work, you should contact an HVAC technician to examine and repair the unit.

Desert Air Conditioning Inc, Your Local HVAC Experts

Understanding and addressing common AC problems is crucial for maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to issues like dirty filters, refrigerant leaks, and frozen coils can prevent more serious and costly repairs.

Don't wait until a minor problem becomes a major headache. Schedule a professional inspection and routine maintenance today to keep your AC running smoothly and efficiently. By staying proactive, you can ensure your system operates at its best and enjoy a cool, comfortable environment all year round.

Our team of experts specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repair of most major brands of HVAC systems, so you can rest assured that your home or business is in good hands.

We take pride in offering worry-free warranty coverage for select high-efficiency systems, so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected. Our expert technicians are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our products or services.

At Desert Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re committed to providing unparalleled customer service and experience. Since 1954, we’ve been serving the residents and businesses of the Coachella Valley with exceptional HVAC solutions. Our professionals are the best in the business and take pride in their work, ensuring that every job is done right the first time.

Our services include the following:

  • Air Conditioning Installation, AC Repair, and AC Maintenance
  • Heating Installation, Repair, and Maintenance
  • Thermostat services
  • And More!

Call us today to schedule your appointment for an estimate, repair, or maintenance service. We look forward to serving you!