Is there anything worse than a malfunctioning air conditioner during an oppressive heat wave? Unfortunately, overuse and inadequate care can leave your AC primed for a breakdown at the most inopportune time. In addition to scheduling regular preventive maintenance, it’s also useful to understand some of the most likely points of failure. Here are the three most common culprits to check when you need AC repairs.
Obstructed Condensate Drain
The Mobile, Alabama, area is certainly no stranger to excessive heat and humidity. Along with the heat, your AC system is also responsible for managing the humidity by removing moisture from the air. Unfortunately, that same moisture can also promote the growth of mold and algae in your condensate drain line. An obstructed drain line prevents condensation from draining properly, causing it to back up into your system. This may trigger your system to automatically shut off and can even lead to component damage.
Low Refrigerant Level
Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your AC system, allowing it to effectively remove heat and cool your home. Obviously, insufficient refrigerant means your system can’t do its job properly. It also indicates a possible leak that can be harmful to the environment. A professional should be called to inspect the system and fix any leaks as soon as possible.
The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system, pumping refrigerant through the system so it can cool effectively. The summer months put a real strain on your compressor and may even cause it to burn out. This is even more likely if you also have low refrigerant or if your compressor isn’t regularly maintained. Overheating, loud noises during operation and vibration during starting are signs that your compressor may be going bad.
If your system is struggling with the heat and humidity of South Alabama, it’s time to call the professionals. For expert assistance, check out Air Specialty’s air conditioning repair services or call 251-415-4559 to speak with our friendly staff.