Well, summer is finally here, and with it higher temperatures. If you’re not already using your air conditioner to stay cool on a daily basis, you probably will be pretty soon. You may or may not have already scheduled maintenance for your system to make sure that it was ready to face the coming strain. If you haven’t, we would urge you to do it sooner rather than later.
Even if you have already had preventive maintenance done on your system, though, you should know that no amount of maintenance can completely guarantee that nothing will go wrong with your system. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs that your air conditioner is in need of professional repair services.
Short cycling is when the air conditioner shuts itself off before completing a full cooling cycle, usually only a couple of minutes into it. This is never a good sign for the system. Short cycling prevents the air conditioner from cooling as well as it should, since it’s designed to operate in cooling cycles and it can’t complete those. It also makes it much easier for the system to wear down over time, which means it will become more likely to develop other problems if the short cycling is not fixed in short order. Short cycling can also cause the system to require replacement years earlier than normal, so make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you can after noticing this problem.
A drop in cooling output generally manifests in two different ways: either the system isn’t blowing enough air, or the air it is blowing isn’t cold enough. If you have the first problem, it could be because the air handler is malfunctioning. The air handler is the part of the air conditioner that circulates air throughout the home while the system is on. No working air handler, no ability for the system to actually condition the home. A much simpler explanation is that the air filter is clogged, which won’t prevent the system from circulating all air but will hinder it significantly.
If the air just isn’t as cool as it normally is, there’s really one possible explanation: refrigerant leaks. The air conditioner needs its refrigerant to siphon heat from your home’s air and vent it outside. If the refrigerant level in the air conditioner is low due to a leak, the system will not have as much ability to remove heat from the home. Regardless of the cause of low output, it’s really not a good sign for your air conditioner. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you call for a professional before the issue gets any worse.
Excel Air Corporation provides comprehensive air conditioner repair services. If you need the best HVAC contractors in Oceanside, CA to handle your air conditioner, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can make sure that your system is ready for whatever the summer heat can throw at it over the next few months.