In many regions, residents rely on air conditioning to get through the hot summer months, when temperatures can reach triple digits and lead to discomfort at the very least, and serious health concerns in some cases. It’s no wonder people get so upset when their AC fails to function as it should, or if it craps out altogether.
The good news is that it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to address some of the most common AC problems. However, many will still require the expertise of trained technicians to diagnose and repair. Here are just a few of the most common AC problems and how to fix them.
1. Improper Usage
When living in a household with other people, it’s fairly normal to have some debate about what constitutes a comfortable temperature indoors. Some people tend to run hot while others will reach for a sweater when the thermostat is set below 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you find that your utility bills soar during the summer months, despite your best efforts, the problem could be that other members of your household are tampering with the thermostat, or worse, opening windows to regulate the temperature in certain rooms. This is easy enough to fix by compromising on thermostat settings.
Of course, the problem could also be improper insulation or a system that doesn’t exhibit the right capacity for your square footage. Or perhaps you simply need to program your thermostat instead of leaving it running full blast all day and night. The former will require some expert assistance, while the latter can be easily dealt with by reading your thermostat user manual.
2. Leaky Ducts
Over time, ductwork can suffer from some amount of deterioration, leading to gaps and leaks where the air intended to cool your home interior ends up cooling the attic or areas between the walls and flooring instead. Perhaps your ducting wasn’t right for your climate to begin with or it was incorrectly installed. Or maybe you just don’t have your dampers adjusted correctly to properly manage airflow throughout your structure.
In all of these situations, you could be dealing with some serious energy waste, not to mention soaring bills for running inefficient AC. There’s not much the average homeowner can do besides hiring professional HVAC service providers to inspect the system, run tests, and offer suggestions on the best ways to repair leaky ducts, increase efficiency, a reduce costs long-term.
3. Low Refrigerant
Low refrigerant can cause a number of problems with your AC, most notably a failure to deliver sufficient cooling for your home. It could also be responsible for more serious concerns like frozen coils. There is good news. It could be a pretty simple and inexpensive fix when you call in the pros from Bradley Mechanical HVAC Services.
A trained technician can quickly and easily prime your refrigerant and get your system functioning at peak performance levels. Of course, this is assuming your refrigerant levels are low because of normal depletion that occurs over time and with usage. If there’s a refrigerant leak, you’ll probably be looking at additional repairs or upgrades.