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Common Air Conditioning Problems to Be Aware Of

As the weather starts to heat up, you’re going to start relying on your air conditioner more often to keep your home cool. That means more stress on the system, which means a greater chance of problems developing with it. If you want to make sure that your air conditioner gets through the summer intact, you need to keep an eye out for common problems that the system might develop. Let’s take a look at a few of those common problems now.

Refrigerant Leaks

An air conditioner is always equipped with a certain level, or charge, of refrigerant. If the system starts to lose its refrigerant charge, it will experience a steady drop in output and eventually break down entirely. This is why it’s so important that you keep an eye out for any leaks in the air conditioner’s refrigerant line. If you see fluid of any kind dripping from the air conditioner, it’s a good idea to call for repairs just to be safe.

Frozen Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is the part of the air conditioner that evaporates refrigerant in order to absorb thermal energy from the air in the ducts. The temperature of the air around the coil is quite low during operation, as the heat is leached from it. Condensation also forms on the oil, as the air is cooled past the dew point. The constant flow of warm air from the ducts keeps the coil from icing over, but if that flow of air is interrupted, the condensate will freeze and start to cause problems. A frozen evaporator coil won’t be able to siphon heat from the air, and the ice could spread from it to other parts of the system. Have a professional look at your air conditioner if you notice ice on it.

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