Summer has arrived late and with a vengeance in the Sault Ste. Marie/Algoma area. That means that the uncomfortable, force-you-to-turn-on-your-A/C temperatures are here.
You may have turned on your air conditioner and it might not be working quite as well as you expected it to. If that is the case, there’s a good chance that your A/C may have fallen victim to one of the following problems:
If you allow your filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, your system will not work properly, potentially causing your compressor or fans to fail prematurely. Changing your filter monthly and ensuring that the outside condenser coil is kept clear of debris will allow the air conditioner to function more efficiently.
For more sophisticated cleaning needs, you can always schedule a service appointment with a Wardlaw technician.
When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and that it is draining properly. Having your air conditioner properly maintained annually will prevent blocked drains.
If you’re air conditioner isn’t working at all, always remember to check your fuses/breakers and thermostat before calling a service technician. It’s never fun when you plan around having a technician visit your home, only to find out you didn’t really need them there at all.
If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it has a leak. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a proper solution. A licensed technician should be called to find and fix any leak, test and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant.
Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge matches the manufacturer’s specifications, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.
There are also several other problems that can occur with your air conditioner. The best way to prevent them and keep your system running efficiently is with regular maintenance. Keeping your system healthy will keep it running smoothly for years to come.