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Common Air Conditioner Issues in the Spring

Common Air Conditioner Issues in the Spring

Spring is here, and the weather is finally starting to warm up. For now, you may have only been opening the windows and allowing the fresh air in, but it won’t be long before you’ll be turning on your air conditioner due to the blistering heat and stifling humidity. When you do, it will be the first time that you’ve done so in five or six months, so there’s a good chance you may run into a problem or two. Here are a few of the things that could go astray.

Turned-Off Switch

At the end of last summer, as the weather got milder, you may have turned your wall switch (which looks very similar to a light switch) off. Located near the indoor unit, this switch is often turned off during milder weather, and sometimes, it may accidentally get turned off. 

Whatever the case may be, the air conditioner compressor will not come on and allow cold air to blow through the home if the switch is turned off. So, before you call in the professionals, double-check to make sure this switch is on.

Clogged Drain Line

To lower the temperature, your air conditioners pulls moisture out of your home’s humid air. This moisture is then drained out of the house through the home’s plumbing system. There should be a secondary drain and drain pan, where algae can grow and cause the drain line to clog. 

Ultimately, this can lead to serious water damage. Often, you won’t even know that the drain is clogged until it’s too late, which is why you need to make sure you have your A/C undergo routine maintenance and tune-ups. In fact, drain line cleaning is part of our spring HVAC tune-ups.

A dirty air filter will significantly restrict air flow, reduce the quailty of indoor air and can even lead to the unit's condenser coils freezing, which can lead to costly repairs.

Dirty Evaporator Coil

Your air conditioner evaporator coil is inside the home. Liquid refrigerant is pumped into the evaporator coil to evaporate as heat is being drawn from the air that is being blown across it. Every once in a while, this coil needs to be cleaned. Otherwise, dust and debris will build up, causing a restriction in the transfer of heat. This will reduce air flow in the ducting, increase energy usage and reduce comfort in the home.

Dirty Condenser Coil

Unlike the evaporator coil, the condenser coil is located outside of your home. It pulls the refrigerant from the evaporator, pumps it throughout an outdoor coil and condenses the gas into a liquid as air is blown across it. If the coil is restricted or dirty, it cannot do its job efficiently. This can lead to increased energy usage and reduced cooling capacity.

Dirty Air Filter

As a general rule, your air conditioner filter needs to be replaced every other month. Many homeowners tend to forget to change it because it isn’t something that is seen on a daily basis. However, if your A/C isn’t cooling, your filter may be the likely culprit. A dirty air filter will significantly restrict air flow, reduce the quality of indoor air and can even lead to the unit’s condenser coils freezing, which can lead to costly repairs.

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There’s no need to worry about any of these issues or any other air conditioning issue when you have someone like Kimbro Air on your side. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to share our HVAC knowledge with you, so don’t hesitate to contact us when you need us, or better yet, before you need us!