Common Air Conditioning Problems

By Haris Saeed posted 10-12-2019 13:28


Air conditioning is considered a necessity in every household. The heat of the summers has become unbearable over the years, and we can credit that to global warming. Regardless, it is safe to say that we are really reliant on our air conditioning in order to stay comfortable and cooler during the hot summer months. Now, our air conditioner, like any other machine, has a set running life. We can always extend the running life of any machine by taking the time to care for it and maintain it, and at the same time we can also end up reducing a machine’s average running life if we do not try to take care of it.


The average life of an air conditioner is between 15=20 years, and we can all easily admit that most of us end up having to replace our air conditioner much earlier than that. So, if you are looking to take better care of your air conditioner, it could benefit you to start properly maintaining it. One aspect of maintaining your air conditioning is also to take preventative steps that will help ensure that other problems do not end up happening in your air conditioner while you are not looking. If you feel like your air conditioner needs to be looked into by professionals, you can hire people that offer their services in air conditioning repair in Palmdale California for that. However, for the sake of this article, we will be talking about a few common problems that air conditioners run into so that you can take the necessary steps to deal with them once you come across them yourself.

  • One common reason behind air conditioner problems is AC’s filter. Different air conditioning units come with different kinds of filters, some of them can actually be cleaned and are reusable while other kinds need to be replaced with new filters. Our filters need to be inspected after every 2-3 months as a rule of thumb, however, the best way to determine whether or not your filter is at fault is to simply put it in front of any source of light and see if any light can pass through it. If very few or no light passes through the filter, then it needs to either be changed or cleaned. Problems in the filter can end up causing the air conditioner to freeze and ends up disrupting the flow of air from the unit.
  • Your drain pipe, like your AC, will also be exposed to a number of things ranging from dust, debris, water, coolant and so on. If there is too much buildup or there is damage to the drainpipe, it can result in a leak, and this leak can end up damaging your air conditioning and also creating a mess around itself.
  • Your refrigerant, also known as your coolant is what is responsible behind the cool air that is produced from your air conditioning. If your coolant is leaking from anywhere, your air conditioner will not be able to do its job and will end up blowing out hot air instead. Your level of coolant actually needs to be checked annually by experts in order to ensure that there are no possible problems going on in the background.
  • Too much coolant in your unit can end up circling back to your compressor, and this can end up causing the compressor to fail. At the same time, if there is not enough coolant in your unit, your compressor will overheat and then seize itself.
  • The compressor is another important part of your air conditioning because it helps move the coolant towards the coils in order to ensure that the necessary heat exchange is happening. If your compressor stops working, then your AC will not be able to cool the house at all.
  • Problems in the thermostat can also end up causing problems in the air conditioning unit. You will have to do a few checks on your thermostat to make sure that it is running okay, and this includes making sure that your thermostat is on, it is clean from both the inside and the outside, is on the correct settings, is not exposed to direct sunlight, and is perfectly level.
  • The capacitors are the two little devices that help make your compressor and your fan work, and each capacitor is supposed to power one of each. So, if there is ever an issue in the capacitor, your fan or your compressor, and in some cases, even both might stop working.
  • If your AC has died or stopped working, you should look towards your breaker. The breaker and fuse helps to protect the AC from voltage fluctuations and overheating, so if there is an issue of either the two happening, it would be a good idea to check the breaker.
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