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Symptoms That Indicate a Problem with Your Air Conditioner

air-conditioner-repairWhether you’re still using your commercial air conditioner, or you’ve already turned it off until next summer, you need to familiarize yourself with the signs that your air conditioner is having issues. Many problems that can afflict air conditioners do not show obvious symptoms at first. However, the faster you can identify a problem with your air conditioner, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Have a look at some of the most common problems that can afflict your air conditioner, and what you can do about it.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner is able to cool the building by evaporating refrigerant in its indoor unit. This absorbs heat from the air in the ducts. The outdoor unit then condenses the refrigerant gas back into a liquid, venting the collected heat out of the building. Then, the liquid is sent back to the indoor condenser coil to start the cycle over again.

The air conditioner relies on refrigerant to operate, and uses the same supply of refrigerant throughout its lifespan. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, as can sometimes happen, the output capacity of the air conditioner will suffer. The less refrigerant is available in the air conditioner, the less able the system will be to absorb and vent heat. Eventually, the refrigerant level will drop so low that the air conditioner will break down entirely. Make sure that you call for repairs if you notice the system struggling to cool your home, especially if it is accompanied by leaking fluid.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is what happens when the air conditioner turns itself off and on every couple of minutes. It can be caused by a number of issues, including electrical shorts and compressor malfunctions. Regardless of the cause, short cycling is one of the most damaging problems that can affect an air conditioner. The strain of rapidly turning on and off like that will dramatically accelerate the rate at which the system accumulates wear and tear. Prolonged short cycling over an extended period of time will make the system far more likely to break down, and will increase the severity of those break downs. If the problem is not dealt with in time, it can seriously shorten the lifespan of the entire air conditioning system. If you hear your air conditioner short cycling, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you can.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect the air conditioner from the contaminants commonly found in a home’s ductwork. These contaminants can include particles like dust and pollen. If the air filter is not replaced often enough, though, it will become clogged with the contaminants that it collects. This will cut off most of the air from flowing through the system. Fortunately, this is easily fixed by replacing the air filter at least once every three months while using the system.

EMI Mechanical provides comprehensive air conditioning services. If you need commercial air conditioner services in Clinton, MS, contact us today for an appointment.

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