With the summer months comes the summer heat. On a sweltering day with temperatures reaching triple digits and 100 percent humidity, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a broken air conditioner. Here are some common problems many encounters with their air conditioners and tips to prevent them from happening to you.

Just Plain Dirty

One of the most common problems air conditioners face stems from the fact they are just plain dirty. Dirt can cause some serious issues when they build up in the air filter and on the coils. When this happens, the airflow from the machine into the room will decrease and the unit will literally freeze, shutting down.

This problem can best be prevented by basic maintenance with regular cleaning of the filter and coils. Keeping the buildup of dirt and dust to a minimum will ensure your air conditioner can do its best in the hot months ahead.

Leaking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the lifeblood in your air conditioner that helps the hot and wet air around you become that nice cool and dry air you enjoy. A common problem is a leak in the tubing of the air conditioner that holds the refrigerant.

When the level of refrigerant is at the exact level recommended by manufacturers, the machine will work at its best. When there is more or less refrigerant than that level, the machine will not work at its best. If you add more refrigerant to your air conditioner with no improvement to the quality of air that comes out, you might have a leak. The best way to fix this problem is to call a professional who will be able to repair the leak and get your HVAC system back to the right levels again. With refrigerant distribution strictly controlled by our government, you cannot continue to re-charge a leaking system.

Electric Control Failure

If you tend to turn your air conditioner on and off frequently, a problem can develop with the electric controls. When the weather is hot and humid, you should leave the system on, and just raise the temperature a maximum of 5 degrees when not home. If you think the unit is not keeping the temperature you wish, an electrical problem as simple as your thermostat may be the culprit.

Is Your Air Conditioning Performing Its Best?

Schedule your appointment online with Air Group to ensure your air conditioner is not encountering any issues or call us at 973.929.2080.