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A Troubleshooting Guide: Addressing Common AC Problems During the Summer Months

As temperatures rise during the summer months, your air conditioning system becomes an essential component in keeping your home cool and comfortable. However, like any mechanical system, AC units are prone to encountering problems, especially when they’re working overtime to combat the heat. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most common AC issues that homeowners may face during the summer and provide practical troubleshooting tips to help you address them effectively.
Refrigerant Leaks:
Symptoms: Reduced cooling capacity, warm air blowing from vents, hissing sounds near the indoor or outdoor unit.
Troubleshooting Tips: Check for visible signs of refrigerant leaks, such as oily residue or ice buildup on the refrigerant lines. If you suspect a leak, contact us at Ridge Energy Savers to locate and repair it. Attempting to handle refrigerant without proper training and equipment can be dangerous and may result in further damage to your AC system.

Frozen Evaporator Coils:
Symptoms: Reduced airflow, warm air blowing from vents, ice buildup on the evaporator coils.
Troubleshooting Tips: Turn off the AC system to allow the ice to melt. Check the air filter and replace if it is dirty or clogged. Ensure that all vents and registers are open and unobstructed to promote proper airflow. If the problem persists, it may indicate issues with airflow or refrigerant levels, requiring professional attention.

Faulty Thermostat:
Symptoms: Inaccurate temperature readings, inability to adjust settings, erratic cooling behavior.
Troubleshooting Tips: Check the thermostat settings to ensure they’re set correctly. Replace the batteries if the thermostat is battery powered. Clean any dust or debris around the thermostat and ensure that it’s installed away from heat sources or direct sunlight, which can affect its accuracy. If these steps don’t resolve the issue, consider replacing the thermostat or contacting us for assistance.

Clogged Air Filters:
Symptoms: Reduced airflow, poor cooling performance, increased energy consumption.
Troubleshooting Tips: Check the air filter and replace it if dirty or clogged. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the AC system to work harder and consume more energy. Make it a habit to inspect and replace air filters regularly, ideally every 1-3 months, depending on usage and the type of filter used.

Condensate Drain Issues:
Symptoms: Water leaks around the indoor unit, musty odors, mold or mildew growth.
Troubleshooting Tips: Inspect the condensate drain line for clogs or blockages and clear them using a wet/dry vacuum or a pipe brush. Ensure that the drain line is properly routed and sloped to facilitate drainage. Consider installing a condensate drain pan overflow switch to prevent water damage in case of a backup.

By familiarizing yourself with these common AC problems and their troubleshooting steps, you can take proactive measures to keep your air conditioning system running smoothly throughout the summer. Remember that timely maintenance and prompt repairs are key to maximizing the efficiency, performance, and lifespan of your AC unit. However, if you encounter issues that you’re unable to resolve on your own, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance from us at Ridge Energy Savers. We are here to keep your house cool and your AC system running as the heat soars in Polk County!

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