Common AC Problems Homeowner's Face In The Summer

There's nothing like a failed AC in the middle of a hot Northern California summer. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for homeowners to face problems with their air conditioning. After all, you're using it a lot more this time of year. Knowing these problems ahead of time could be beneficial in taking steps to prevent them. Here are the common AC problems homeowner's face in the summer.

1. Dirty Air Filters

When your air filters get clogged with dust, dirt, debris and other pollutants, it causes your air conditioner to work much harder to cool your home. Not only can this cause higher-than-usual energy bills, but it can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. If you or someone in your home is already living with respiratory issues like asthma and allergies, then a dirty or clogged air filter can make those problems even worse.

2. Dirty Outdoor Unit

Before summer rolls around, it's important to clean around your outdoor unit. Over fall and winter, dirt and debris has likely accumulated around your unit. Things like branches, sticks, and leaves can get into your outdoor unit and obstruct airflow. Removing these items and cleaning around it to ensure there's no blockage will help improve the airflow and prevent your system from overheating this summer.

3. It's Not Working

An AC that isn't working is definitely a problem this time of year! Before panicking, make sure you check the thermostat settings to make sure your it's on and set correctly. If all looks good on that front, check your circuit breaker. Still can't locate the problem? Then it's time to contact a professional to inspect your unit for you.

4. Warm Airflow

When you turn on your AC unit, you expect cool air. But have you ever turned it on and been met with warm airflow instead? If your unit is working but just not cooling like it should be, then you may have a dirty air filter, low refrigerant levels, or a blocked condensate drain. Call your HVAC contractor to inspect your unit for you.

5. Low Refrigerant Levels

If you're low on refrigerant, then it's likely due to leaks because your refrigerant levels should never change. Leaks can cause a number of problems if not addressed. First, it can decrease the efficiency of your system. Second, it cause cause serious health issues for you and your family which shouldn't be taken lightly. It's important you contact a professional about your refrigerant levels and never attempt to fix the issue on your own.

6. Lack of Maintenance

There's a reason it's recommended you schedule maintenance once a year at least. When your unit isn't well-maintained, it won't work as efficiently. Not only that, but it could fail much quicker than if you had it maintained annually. To ensure your AC doesn't run into problems when you need it most this summer, make sure you schedule annual maintenance with your local HVAC contractor.

Contact The Pros At Peter Levi Today! We Are Here For All Your AC Needs In Northern California!

For over 35 years, Peter Levi has been providing fast, professional AC repair, maintenance, replacement and installation services you can count on. The experts at Peter Levi are here to help with all your AC needs. Contact us today at 800-868-6885 or online here.

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