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Why is My Commercial Air Conditioner Output Low?

commercial-air-conditionerWe may be getting close to heating season, but we’re not there yet. There’s a pretty good chance that you’re still making use of the commercial air conditioner in your building. If the air conditioner starts to malfunction, it’s important that you call for repairs as soon as possible. One of the first signs that you may notice your commercial AC is struggling is if the output levels begin to drop significantly. Have a look at some of the reasons why your commercial air conditioner output might be low, and learn what to do about it below.

Clogged Air Filter

All air conditioners include an air filter, to help protect them from the dust and other contaminants that are commonly found in duct systems. While the filter is quite good at protecting the system from any incoming debris, it has no way to rid itself of the contaminants that it collects. If the filter is not changed every few months, it will eventually become clogged. This will eliminate most of the air flow from entering the air conditioner, which will lower its output as a result. Fortunately, this problem is easily remedied. Changing the air filter should restore output to full strength.

Refrigerant Leaks

An air conditioner relies on the same supply of refrigerant throughout its lifespan. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will slowly rob the system of its ability to cool the air in the building. Eventually, the level of refrigerant in the air conditioner will drop so low that the system will be unable to keep operating. If you notice liquid dripping from the air conditioner, along with falling output, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is the part of the air conditioner that is actually responsible for circulating air throughout the building during operation. It’s basically little more than a giant fan attached to a motor. Moving that much air puts a lot of strain on the system over years of use, however. In some cases, the wear and tear might be too much for the air handler to, well, handle. If the air handler is malfunctioning, the system’s ability to circulate air will be seriously impacted. If the system doesn’t seem to be circulating much air at all, you may have an air handler problem.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner is turning on and off every few minutes, then it may be short cycling. Short cycling can be caused by a number of issues, from short circuits to a damaged compressor. Regardless of the cause, though, what matters is that it poses a serious threat to the health of your system. Prolonged short cycling rapidly increases the rate of wear and tear on the air conditioner, resulting in increased frequency and severity of breakdowns. If it isn’t addressed in time, the issue can shorten the lifespan of the entire system by a number of years. Make sure you call for repairs if you notice this happening.

EMI Mechanical offers commercial air conditioning services in Clinton, MS. Contact us today for an appointment.

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